Latest Transportation Security Administration News

TSA agents find non-working grenade launcher in luggage

Mar. 5, 2019 6:16 PM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Florida man's plans to bring a military rocket-propelled grenade launcher back home were shot down after security screeners at a Pennsylvania airport spotted the non-functioning weapon in his checked bag. The Transportation Security Administration says the unassembled parts of the...

Proposal would pay TSA screeners during government shutdowns

Feb. 13, 2019 7:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several lawmakers are pushing a proposal to make sure airport security screeners get paid during future government shutdowns. The lawmakers, all Democrats, said Wednesday their legislation would require that all money from security fees on airline tickets go only for aviation security. It...

TSA officer jumps to his death at Orlando airport

Feb. 2, 2019 6:35 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An officer from the Transportation Security Administration jumped to his death from a balcony inside Florida's busiest airport Saturday, creating panic that brought some security checkpoints to a halt for hours, grounded flights and caused serious delays. Panicked passengers rushed...

Travel groups praise deal on shutdown after flight delays

Jan. 25, 2019 6:08 PM EST

Politicians couldn't overcome their differences and end the government shutdown over five weeks. Six air traffic controllers might have given them the final nudge they needed. Six of the 13 controllers who normally staff a critical air traffic center in Virginia didn't come to work Friday. That center handles air...

High wait times at Atlanta airport 9 days before Super Bowl

Jan. 25, 2019 3:31 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The world's busiest airport is experiencing long wait times to get through security just nine days before it expects 150,000 out-of-town visitors for the Super Bowl. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had maximum wait times Thursday of 42 minutes, the highest of the nation's...

American Airlines posts $319 million profit on solid demand

Jan. 24, 2019 11:06 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines said Thursday that it earned a fourth-quarter profit of $319 million, slightly higher than analysts expected, as strong travel demand helped the carrier overcome higher fuel prices. American's shares rose 6 percent in morning trading. Airline executives said the partial...

TSA screener sick-outs hit 10 percent over holiday weekend

Jan. 21, 2019 7:10 PM EST

The percentage of TSA airport screeners missing work has hit 10 percent as the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week. The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that Sunday's absence rate compared to 3.1 percent on the comparable Sunday a year ago. The workers who screen passengers...

The Latest: Shutdown proposal unlikely to break logjam

Jan. 20, 2019 9:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Democrats and Republicans appear no closer to ending the dispute that led to a partial government shutdown 30 days ago. On Sunday, President Donald Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for turning down his...

Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 6:56 PM EST

America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has thinned the ranks of federal...

The Latest: TSA adds personnel to Newark, N.J., airport

Jan. 18, 2019 6:52 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the impact of the partial government shutdown on the travel industry (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Federal officials are sending extra security screeners to beef up staffing at checkpoints at the airport in Newark, New Jersey. A Transportation Security Administration spokesman...