Latest Transportation Security Administration News

Pre-pandemic sized crowds descend on US airports for holiday

Jul. 01, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

The July Fourth holiday weekend is off to a booming start with airport crowds crushing the numbers seen in 2019, before the pandemic. Travelers seemed to be experiencing fewer delays and canceled flights Friday than they did earlier this week. The Transportation...

Ahead of Ford plant, TSA returning to Tennessee airport

Jun. 16, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal security screening is returning to a small West Tennessee airport, a needed upgrade as passenger traffic is expected to increase with new flights to Atlanta and a planned Ford Motor Co. electric truck factory coming to the region, officials said. The...

TSA is expanding use of screeners to help at busy airports

May. 10, 2022 20:11 PM EDT

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — The chief of the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday that his agency has quadrupled the number of employees who could bolster screening operations at airports that become too crowded this summer. TSA Administrator David Pekoske said nearly...

Norman Mineta, transportation secretary in 9/11 era, dies

May. 03, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Norman Mineta, who broke racial barriers for Asian Americans serving in high-profile government posts and ordered commercial flights grounded after the 9/11 terror attacks as the nation's federal transportation secretary, died Tuesday. He was 90. John...

TSA: Airport security finds loaded gun in Cawthorn's bag

Apr. 26, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

A loaded gun was found in North Carolina U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn's carry-on bag at an airport security checkpoint Tuesday — the second time he has been stopped with a gun at an airport in the past 14 months, officials said. When Cawthorn went through checkpoint D at Charlotte...

Florida judge voids US mask mandate for planes, other travel

Apr. 18, 2022 23:36 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Florida struck down a national mask mandate on airplanes and mass transit Monday, and airlines and airports swiftly began repealing their requirements that passengers wear face coverings. The judge's decision freed airlines, airports...

Flyers keep bringing guns to Atlanta airport, setting record

Apr. 08, 2022 07:50 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s airport set a record during the first quarter of this year in the amount of guns caught at security checkpoints. Transportation Security Administration officers found 94 guns at security checkpoints during the first quarter of 2022, The Atlanta...