For the first time since COVID-19 brought air travel to a standstill, the number of people streaming through U.S. airport-security checkpoints over a holiday weekend exceeded pre-pandemic levels.
The summer travel season ended on a busy note as more than 8.7 million people passed through security in the last four days, topping the Labor Day weekend of 2019.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two airline ticket agents were hurt when a 33-year-old California man breached security at a busy Las Vegas airport on Sunday, sparking panic among commercial travelers, flight delays and cancellations, police said in a report made public Tuesday.
The July Fourth holiday weekend is off to a booming start with airport crowds crushing the numbers seen in 2019, before the pandemic.
Travelers across the United States experienced hundreds of canceled flights and a few thousand delays on Friday, much as they did earlier this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Journal-Constitution reported.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. airport security procedures will become more gender-neutral, with changes to scanners used for screening and the use of an “X” for travelers going through Precheck who do not identify as male or female, the Biden administration said Thursday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Security screeners found guns in carry-on baggage at all five of Tennessee's major airports last week, the Transportation Security Administration said.
Guns were discovered at security checkpoints during the week of March 20 through March 27 at Nashville International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville and Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville, the TSA said in a news release.
BOSTON (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officers found a 10-inch (25-centimeter) long butcher knife wedged into the side of a baby's car seat at a security checkpoint at Boston's Logan International Airport, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are extending the requirement for masks on planes and public transportation for one more month — through mid-April — while taking steps that could lead to lifting the rule.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fort Wayne International Airport urged outbound passengers Friday to arrive at least two hours early for their flights, regardless of airline, while the Transportation Security Administration upgrades technology and equipment at its checkpoint.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is offering a precheck application enrollment center next week at West Virginia International Yeager Airport.
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are able to enroll in the expedited screening program, the airport said in a news release.
With a surge in guns being discovered at airport checkpoints, some security experts are suggesting higher fines and even putting violators on a no-fly list to prevent firearms from getting on planes.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county police department has argued in internal emails that its officers who have worked maskless for months at the Myrtle Beach International Airport are exempt from the federal mask mandate, but the Transportation Security Administration says that’s not the case.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Security officers at Tennessee's major airports found more than 280 guns in passengers' carry-on luggage in 2021, a significant increase from prior years, officials said.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officers seized 106 guns at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in 2021, nearly double the number they seized at the airport in the previous year, a news release said.
PHOENIX (AP) — The federal Transportation Security Administration on Friday temporarily closed two of four security checkpoints in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport's largest terminal because of staffing shortages caused by COVID-19 during the omicron wave.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A security officer leapt over conveyor belt rollers and saved a 2-month-old boy who stopped breathing at a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, newly released video shows.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is issuing new directives and recommendations aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity defenses of U.S. rail and airport operators.
The Biden administration said the requirements made public Thursday are part of a broader effort at protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from ongoing cyberespionage and a surge in disruptive ransomware attacks.
BOSTON (AP) — A Maine man was stopped at Boston's Logan International Airport last week with a 9mm handgun and a gun magazine in his backback, the Transportation Security Administration said.
BOSTON (AP) — A woman with a loaded handgun in her carry-on bag was stopped at a security checkpoint at Logan International Airport in Boston on the day before Thanksgiving, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
ATLANTA (AP) — A passenger awaiting a search at the Atlanta airport's main security checkpoint reached in his bag and grabbed a firearm, and it went off, causing chaos among travelers and prompting a temporary FAA ground stop on flights Saturday afternoon, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of airline passengers traveling for Thanksgiving this year is expected to rebound to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, but the Transportation Security Administration says it is ready to handle the surge.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Travelers will face security delays, especially during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, because of construction at Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal A, officials said Monday.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker was barred from boarding a flight at Minot International Airport this week after a run-in with a security agent during a pat down.
Republican Rep. Jeff Hoverson says he and his wife were planning to travel Monday for their anniversary.
ATLANTA (AP) — Federal officials are reporting a spike in firearm seizures at Atlanta's international airport — part of a record year for the number of guns detected at airport security checkpoints.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Knives are not allowed on commercial aircraft, so a set of knives certainly won't fly.
A half-dozen throwing knives were seized from a passenger's carry-on baggage over the weekend at the Portland International Jetport, the Transportation Security Administration announced Monday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officers at Memphis International Airport in Tennessee discovered a record number of guns at security checkpoints this year, officials said.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been cited on weapons charges after airport security agents found a loaded gun in his carryon bag at a checkpoint.
The Transportation Security Administration said in a news release Monday that the man had a loaded .45 caliber handgun in his carry-on bag at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport when he was stopped on Saturday.
HONOLULU (AP) — Airline workers and Transportation Security Administration staff have been granted a grace period to comply with a Hawaii order that requires people going to state facilities like airports to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles says newly designed state driver’s licenses should no longer cause security snags at airports in most of the U.S.
The state's DMV license redesign contractor assured officials Tuesday that Transportation Security Administration bar code scanners at airports in most of the country had been updated and those in the eastern U.S.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A change in newly issued Nevada driver's licenses means airport security screeners may have to manually check the credentials because their scanners for now won't read the bar codes, officials said.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A transgender teenager from North Carolina was ordered to undergo a strip-search at an airport after she registered a “false positive” at a security checkpoint, according to a lawsuit filed by her mother.
Federal officials are extending into January a requirement that people on airline flights and public transportation wear face masks, a rule intended to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The Transportation Security Administration's current order was scheduled to expire Sept.
DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials cited the surge of incidents involving disruptive and sometimes violent passengers in resuming self-defense training for airline flight attendants and pilots.
The classes, which are voluntary for airline flight crews, were halted last year because of COVID-19.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says that it prevented a Virginia woman from carrying a loaded handgun onto a flight departing from Richmond International Airport.
The TSA said in a press release Sunday that the incident occurred Friday and involved a woman from Midlothian in Chesterfield County.
DALLAS (AP) — The airline industry’s recovery from the pandemic passed a milestone as more than 2 million people streamed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Friday for the first time since early March 2020.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday it is moving to increase the pay and union rights for security screeners at the nation’s airports.
The Department of Homeland Security directed the acting head of the Transportation Security Administration to come up with a plan within 90 days to raise the pay of the screeners and expand their rights to collective bargaining.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. pipeline operators will be required for the first time to conduct a cybersecurity assessment under a Biden administration directive in response to the ransomware hack that disrupted gas supplies in several states this month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will issue cybersecurity regulations in the coming days for U.S. pipeline operators following a ransomware attack that led to fuel shortages across much of the Eastern Seaboard.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A travel security agency said there was an increase in the number of guns detected at security checkpoints at Salt Lake City International Airport, even as air travel declined during the coronavirus pandemic.
Americans set a record for pandemic-era air travel, then broke it again over the Mother's Day holiday weekend.
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