Latest Transportation Security Administration News

TSA: Don't leave loaded guns in carry-on bags

Mar. 13, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is reminding flyers to not leave guns in their carry-ons after seeing a sudden uptick in firearms found in luggage in eastern Washington state. The Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday the TSA has caught eight people with loaded handguns in...

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...

Man brings loaded handgun to Boston airport

Feb. 26, 2019 12:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Police have arrested a New Hampshire man they say brought a loaded handgun to Boston's Logan International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration says the Salem, New Hampshire man was found with a loaded 9 mm handgun in one of his carry-on bags on Monday. The gun was spotted by...

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...

Dozens of firearms seized at Tennessee airports in 2018

Feb. 12, 2019 5:00 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal transportation officials say dozens of firearms were seized in Tennessee's largest airports last year. The Transportation Security Administration said on its website that Nashville International Airport ranked No. 10 in the country with 86 firearms seized at security...

59 guns, inactive grenade found at Las Vegas airport in 2018

Feb. 10, 2019 11:14 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Airport screeners in Las Vegas found 59 guns and an inactive grenade in passengers' carry-on luggage last year. Figures released by the Transportation Security Administration show the total number of firearms found in carry-on bags at McCarran International Airport represented a slight...

TSA reports dip in guns stopped at 4 upstate NY airports

Feb. 8, 2019 12:06 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal security officers caught 14 handguns last year at checkpoints in four upstate New York airports. That's a decrease of two from the previous year. The Transportation Security Administration says only Buffalo Niagara International Airport saw an increase, from three to seven guns...

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...