June 6, 2016 |
Isn't it amazing how TSA, a three-letter agency, can become a four-letter word? The organization charged with keeping us safe while we travel has become the gang that cannot screen straight. With security lines stretching forever, flights being missed, and baggage not making it on planes, anger is mounting. And the blame is being heaped on TSA management. But should the buck stop there? No! Though demand has risen, Congress has limited spending and staffing, airline policies have increased screening requirements, and together with the TSA they have created a service disaster.
November 6, 2013 |
The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that the public should "not anticipate a change in airport security" after the shootings at Los Angeles International Airport last week. "However, passengers may see an increased presence of local law-enforcement officers" across the country, the agency said. "Security measures will be both seen and unseen. " Friday's slaying of Gerardo Hernandez, the first TSA employee killed in the line of duty, was not unlike mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater, a Connecticut elementary school, or the Sept.
June 8, 2012 |
A SUSPENDED training instructor with the Transportation Security Administration who worked at Philadelphia International Airport was sentenced late Wednesday in federal district court to four years' probation in connection with taking a $200 bribe from a TSA officer in 2011. Shannon Gilliam, 30, of Sharon Hill, was also ordered to serve the first six months of probation under house arrest with an ankle bracelet and perform 300 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to a single count of bribery in February.
August 31, 2015 |
NEXT MONTH, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will flock like papal doves to Philly for the World Meeting of Families. Many will fly into and out of Philly International Airport. Some will have babies in tow, and those babies will get hungry on their flights back home. And they will want milk. Because they're, y'know, babies. My prayerful entreaty is that the Transportation Security Administration is more accommodating with them than it was with the Bunn's baby. Last Monday morning, Steve and Susana Bunn were headed home to Santa Ana, Calif., after a long visit here with friends and family (Steve is a Philly native)
June 16, 2012 |
The Transportation Security Administration on Friday dismissed seven employees at Philadelphia International Airport for paying bribes to an instructor in exchange for passing annual proficiency exams. TSA management at the Philadelphia airport removed 10 employees from security duties in November pending results of an investigation of bribery by the Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General. Since then, three of the employees have resigned. The seven others were notified Friday of the TSA's intent to terminate their employment for professional misconduct.
May 26, 2016 |
With 38 million Americans expected to hit the roads, rails, and skies this Memorial Day weekend, the Transportation Security Administration is asking fliers to check their pockets, carry-on bags, and handbags before arriving at airport security checkpoints, where lines have been an hour or longer. No grenades - real or fake. No drills or saws, knives or blades. No toy guns or hammers, and leave the bullets and brass knuckles at home. TSA public affairs manager Michael McCarthy showcased for reporters Tuesday how a security lane at a Philadelphia International Airport checkpoint moved four times faster if people followed proper procedures.
February 9, 2015
THE TRANSPORTATION Security Administration wouldn't comment for my column last week about Roger Vanderklok, who was arrested after he tried to file a complaint about a TSA supervisor at Philadelphia International Airport. After Vanderklok's story went viral, though, the TSA issued a statement on its website about Vanderklok's case. Included was a photo that TSA agents took of the capped PVC tube Vanderklok had in his carry-on bag. The photo was placed alongside a photo of an actual pipe bomb that had been made from PVC tubing, apparently to show the similarities between the items.
February 16, 2012 |
Federal prosecutors unsealed bribery charges today against a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) instructor at Philadelphia International Airport. Shannon Gilliam, 29, of Sharon Hill, was charged by criminal information, a process which typically indicates a plea deal is in the works. The information said Gilliam was employed as a security training instructor with the TSA. He was responsible for training transportation security officers (TSOs) and to administer mandatory screening proficiency tests to TSOs who handle passenger and baggage screening at the airport.
February 29, 2012
A TRAINING instructor with the Transportation Security Administration at Philadelphia International Airport pleaded guilty yesterday to taking a bribe from a transportation security officer. Shannon Gilliam, 29, of Sharon Hill, potentially faces four to 27 months in prison under advisory sentencing guidelines. Gilliam has been suspended pending outcome of the investigation, a TSA official said. Prosecutors said Gilliam was responsible for training transportation security officers and administering mandatory certification exams to officers who handle passenger and baggage screening at the airport.
March 8, 2013 |
You still can't carry a bottle of water through security, and those three-ounce liquids and gels must be in a see-through, quart-size bag, so why allow pocket knives? The U.S. Transportation Security Administration says that beginning April 25, it will allow small knives, golf clubs, ski poles, toy baseball bats, and other previously forbidden items on flights in the United States. The announcement drew immediate criticism from flight attendants and pilots. The union representing 8,000 American Airlines pilots said the changes "represent a significant step backward in aviation security.