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  • FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2013 file photo provided to the Associated Press, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, police officers stand near a weapon at the Los Angeles International Airport after a gunman opened fire in the terminal, killing one person and wounding several others. The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday March 26, 2014, that airports post armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours. The recommendation was one of 14 determined after a nationwide review of security at airports prompted by the shooting at the airport last fall. (AP Photo, File)

    TSA wants police at checkpoints after LAX shooting

    The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours after a review of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

  • FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, airport police officers patrol the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport. Two armed police officers, not seen in this photo, assigned to guard a Los Angeles airport terminal where a gunman killed a screener in Nov. 2013, left for breaks without informing dispatchers as required minutes before the gunfire erupted. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

    LAX gunfire came while officers away, report says

    Minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, killing a security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.

  • Charlotte TSA supervisor fired in wake of probe

    The Transportation Security Administration says it has fired a supervisor at Charlotte Douglas International Airport following allegations of theft.

  • **FILE** Airline passenger Don Heim (right) of Alpharetta, Ga., is briefed by Transportation Security Administration trainer Byron Gibson before going through a new expedited security line on Oct. 4, 2011, at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. (Associated Press)

    TSA wasting money by profiling passengers' behavior: Report

    Government investigators said Wednesday that there is little evidence to show TSA employees are able to pick out potential terrorists by profiling behavior and that the agency may be wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on the 3,000 officers hired to do so.

  • The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse.

    TSA agents give themselves $17 million pay raise by changing title but doing no additional work

    Take off your belt and shoes, empty your pockets, step through the metal detector and pay an extra $17.5 million. That is how much investigators say has been spent on "premium" salaries for Transportation Security Administration employees who have been promoted without doing any additional work.

  • **FILE** Volunteers pass through the first full body scanner, which uses backscatter technology, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on March 10, 2010. Those airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away. The Transportation Security Administration says the X-ray scanners will be gone by June 2013 because the company that makes them can't fix the privacy issues. (Associated Press)

    TSA screenings lack objectivity, probe finds

    The TSA's program to let agents pick out people for closer screening based on the agents' observation fails to meet basic standards of training of objectivity, according to a report released Wednesday by the agency's auditor.

  • The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said the Transportation Security Administration has not established any sense that agents are exercising good judgment in deciding which travelers they screen. (Associated Press)

    Agents' judgment faulted in TSA passenger screening

    The TSA's program to let agents pick out people for closer screening based on the agents' observation fails to meet basic standards of training of objectivity, according to a report released Wednesday by the agency's auditor.

  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    BITTLE: TSA = Thousands Standing Around

    Not long ago while walking through the airport, the following announcement caught my attention: "Will the person who forgot their hearing aids please return to the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint to reclaim them."

  • ** FILE ** Transportation Security Administration chief John S. Pistole. (Associated Press)

    EEOC launches probe of TSA 'hostile work environment'

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating the Transportation Security Administration for creating a "hostile work environment," according to Tuesday media reports.

  • Illustration by Donna Grethen

    EDITORIAL: Smacking down TSA

    Frequent travelers know better than anyone that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) needs serious reform. The agency spends $7.7 billion in taxpayer money every year, and it hasn't nabbed a single terrorist.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks to TSA, nation now safer

    In light of the editorial regarding the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and holiday travel ("No thanks to TSA," Comment & Analysis, Nov. 28), perhaps it would be useful to share some information with your readers about TSA's work making transportation security as safe and efficient as possible using a risk-based, intelligence-driven approach.

  • A new survey of nearly 4,400 U.S. air travelers, such as these at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, found that most named "people who bring too many carry-on bags through the security checkpoint" as their top frustration. (Associated Press)

    Security hassles top travelers' gripe list

    While security has "vastly improved" since the creation of the Transportation Security Administration a decade ago, there is still "a great deal of work to do" in improving traveler satisfaction, according to a new survey released Wednesday by a travel and tourism trade group.

  • Pistole

    TSA chief rebuffs House invitation

    The chairman of a House committee lambasted the Transportation Security Administration because its chief refused to appear at a hearing Thursday.

  • Senate: Punish misusers of body scanner images

    Misusing body scanner images would become a federal crime punishable by up to a year in prison under a proposal approved Tuesday by the Senate, an attempt by lawmakers to address concerns raised by some travelers.

  • **FILE** In this photo from Nov. 19, a passenger walks past a sign informing travelers about the use of full-body scanners for TSA security screening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. (Associated Press)

    TSA has met the enemy — and they are us

    How did an agency created to protect the public become the target of so much public scorn?

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