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TSA Screens Record One Million Passengers in One Day

On Sunday, the TSA screened 1,031,505 passengers - the first time the agency has seen a seven-digit number since March 2020. The numbers are a good sign that air traffic is picking up, but the airlines still have a long way to go before things get even close to normal. TSA Finally Screens Over 1,000,000 Passengers TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein announced the news on Twitter, writing, “BREAKING NEWS: @TSA screened 1,031,505 people at security checkpoints nationwide yesterday, Sunday, Oct. 18.…

Nearly One Million Passengers Pass Through U.S. Airports, Setting New…

For the first time since March 17, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that the total number of travelers flying in the U.S. has breached 900,000 flyers. Spurred by the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4’s total number of flyers reached 968,673 passengers throughout the U.S. This number is still…

TSA Stops Three Times More Guns Compared to Last Year

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on Monday that its security checkpoints have intercepted three times more firearms in carry-on bags than it had at this point last year. In a press release issued, the agency reported that in the month of July, TSA officers detected 15.3 guns per…

Airbus Announces Progress on Biotechnology Solution for Aviation Security Issues

Earlier this week Airbus announced that it, along with California-based biotechnology and artificial intelligence company Koniku Inc., has made a “significant step” forward in the development of a "disruptive biotechnology solution" for aircraft and airport security operations by extending research to include biological hazard detection capabilities. The two companies originally…

A Week of Positives for an Ailing Airline Industry

The airline industry has ailed in pain for the last several months because of a virtually unprecedented downturn in travel demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Airlines across the globe have been reporting multi-billion dollar losses and load factors in the single digits. This week, though, a new trend emerged.…

TSA PreCheck: Then and Now

Millions more passengers every year will have the opportunity to capitalize on a simple airport security experience in the U.S. as nine more airlines joined the Transportation Security Administration's TSA Precheck program Feb. 22. Those nine airlines, which include Air India, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Elite Airways, EVA…

What Does the U.S. Government Stand to Gain By Privatizing…

Last week, it became public that the Transportation Security Administration, also known as the TSA, considered privatizing its operations at 150 airports across the U.S, roughly 35 percent of 440 airports served by the TSA. The airports that were targeted are regional airports that are only served by aircraft with…

Opinion: The TSA Should Not Eliminate Security Checkpoints at Smaller…

Earlier this week, CNN obtained internal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) documents which suggested the agency was considering eliminating security checkpoints at numerous airports around the nation that are only served by aircraft with under 60 seats. This works out to over 150 airports, meaning nearly 35 percent of the 440…

Leaked TSA Program Watches Unsuspecting Travellers

A secret program, dubbed “Quiet Skies," ran by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was leaked on Saturday by The Boston Globe. The hidden program targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening data base,” according to a TSA bulletin posted in…

Leave Laptops and Liquids in Bags? American and TSA Unveil…

American Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) unveiled new screening technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 8 on Tuesday, marking the start of a new partnership between American and the TSA to increase safety while also streamlining the security screening process. The centerpiece of the new partnership…