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April 17, 2012
The Sun's recent article regarding security at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport("Seized at the gate," April 16) omitted the most important statistics about the Transportation Security Administration's performance. The TSA misses 70 percent or more of weapons in testing, the TSA let 17 known terrorists fly past its vaunted behavior detection officers on 24 separate occasions without catching even one, and the TSA let at least 800 guns and a clearly-labeled five-pound block of C4 onto planes last year.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Erin Sharp arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport a little less than two hours before her 9:40 a.m. flight to San Diego on Sunday, timed so that her 11-month-old son would zonk out on the plane and they would arrive home with the afternoon to spare. Instead, Sharp wouldn't leave the Anne Arundel County airport for another nine hours, she said, after an enormous ticketing line for Southwest Airlines caused her and other passengers to miss their flights and the airline couldn't immediately get her onto another.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2011
Wait, frisking 6-year-old girls and making wheelchair-bound grandmothers take off their adult diapers isn't the best way to keep airlines safe? How about deciding not to search suspected terrorists? That's not smart either? Who knew?  The Transportation Security Administration's absurd policy of random pat-downs was made to look silly once again today. CNN is reporting that a man somehow flew cross-country with a fraudulent boarding pass and without a valid ID. When FBI agents arrested Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, they found he had a boarding pass for a different day with someone else's name on it. It was the flight crew who initially discovered Noibi's deceit, after other passangers complained about his smell.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
One of the principal security gates at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is being closed in the mornings because of congestion around the adjacent Southwest Airlines ticketing counters, according to airport, airline and Transportation Security Administration officials. The shift started last week after officials found lines at the ticketing counters were blurring into lines at the security gate for Concourse B, particularly during busy morning hours. "It has to do with the safety and commingling of passengers," said TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein, who said entering and exiting through the gate had become a concern.
NEWS
August 8, 2012
Former Gov. Robert L. EhrlichJr.used a bit too much dramatic license in claiming that the Transportation Security Administration was the brainchild of the "left" ("The left and right view the world in predictable ways," Aug. 5). My recollection is that the TSA was put into motion by former PresidentGeorge W. Bush, who could not be considered a member of the "left" by any reasonable measure, and that the actual creation of the agency reflected the bi-partisan spirit in Congress that existed immediately after the9/11terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
NEWS
January 21, 2010
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration abruptly withdrew his name Wednesday as Democratic and Republican senators exchanged charges of politicizing the key security post. The dispute over Erroll Southers, a senior Los Angeles Police Department official, had intensified since a Nigerian man was accused of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane bound for Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas Day. Southers, a former FBI agent, issued an unusually bitter public statement about the months-long hold on his nomination by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and other Republican senators who are opposed to collective bargaining at the TSA. "It is apparent that this path has been obstructed by political ideology," Southers said in a statement released by the White House.
BUSINESS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2012
Among the knives, real and toy pistols, and other dangerous weapons seized at BWI Marshall Airport, this one stood out: A curving 7-inch arc of jagged teeth with a brass knuckle-style grip. A blogger for the Transportation Security Administration coined the nickname "debrainer" as he enshrined the nasty-looking utensil in the TSA's informal hall of fame. That's the weirdest thing officers said they have confiscated in recent months from carry-on baggage at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, used by more than 22.2 million passengers last year.
NEWS
By Ron Moore | November 19, 2013
As one of the first post-9/11 screeners hired at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and as the first president of the national union fighting for screener's rights in the workplace, I find the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month to be deeply troubling. The words of comfort and respect regarding slain Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was gunned down by a rogue shooter, are intermixed with calls to reform the way the agency carries out its mission, to which I say: What took you so long?
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
A 42-year-old Perry Hall man who worked as a Transportation Security Administration agent at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday for the possession of child pornography, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Michael Scott Wilson will also have to serve 15 years of supervised release after his prison term ends and register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works or studies, prosecutors said. Police began an investigation of Wilson on Sept.
NEWS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
A Frederick man on his way to Jackson Hole, Wyo., was given a citation Wednesday afternoon for having a stun gun in his carry-on luggage at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The unidentified passenger was stopped by a Transportation Security Administration officer who detected the combination stun gun/flashlight in his luggage. Maryland Transportation Authority Police confiscated the weapon and cited its owner on a state weapons charge. There was no impact to airport operations and the man was allowed to catch his flight.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
A Baltimore woman who works at a coffee shop in BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport was cited on a state weapons charge Tuesday after she was stopped with a stun gun at an airport security checkpoint, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Quinnaya Janel Heard, 19, was on her way to work at about 5 a.m. when TSA agents at the checkpoint detected the weapon among her belongings, the TSA and Maryland Transportation Authority Police said Wednesday. The agents confiscated the stun gun and alerted the MdTA Police, whose officers responded and cited Heard on a state weapons charge.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
The Transportation Security Administration identified and seized more firearms at U.S. airports in 2013 than in any year since records have been kept - including more than two dozen at airports in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Nationwide, the TSA caught 1,813 guns at airport checkpoints in 2013, a 16.5 percent increase over the 1,556 guns it captured in 2012, it announced Friday. The TSA screened nearly 639 million passengers in 2013, about 1.1 million more than last year.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
The armed gunman walked up to a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport and fatally shot a TSA officer and wounded three other people before being shot by responding police. The events earlier this month have focused renewed attention on the safety of the unarmed TSA officers who screen passengers for flights every day at the nation's airports, including Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. And it has prompted a debate about arming some of the agents.
NEWS
By Ron Moore | November 19, 2013
As one of the first post-9/11 screeners hired at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and as the first president of the national union fighting for screener's rights in the workplace, I find the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month to be deeply troubling. The words of comfort and respect regarding slain Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was gunned down by a rogue shooter, are intermixed with calls to reform the way the agency carries out its mission, to which I say: What took you so long?
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Southwest Airlines has joined the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, giving trusted fliers access to a quicker and less invasive path through security at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The airline, which is BWI's largest carrier, has opened a PreCheck security lane at Concourse A, airport officials said Thursday. The program allows registered passengers of participating airlines — Southwest makes eight — to move through security without taking off their shoes, belts or jackets, removing laptop computers from cases or removing bags of small liquids from carry-on luggage.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
More security lines will be opened under the TSA PreCheck program at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport starting Tuesday, giving trusted travelers another option for expedited screening. Travelers who sign-up and qualify for the program are allowed to move through security without dealing with some of the hassles associated with airport security — such as taking off shoes, belts and jackets, removing small lotions or other hygiene items from carry-on luggage and removing laptops from cases.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2011
If you're age 12 or under, you can throw away the Crocs and flip-flops for that trip to the airport. This week, TSA said it is implementing a new policy that will allow kids to keep their shoes on when going through security screening. In addressing a Congressional committee, according to the Los Angeles Times , Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the agency will also curb pat-downs of children. The new policy will be implemented soon. The reasoning for the change of heart (or is it sole?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | April 28, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Because he's such a proven political winner: Ralph Nader plans to challenge Obama (Politico)  • The spook shuffle: Gen. Petraeus to the CIA in shuffle  (AP)  • I miss Bush: George W. Bush jokes with ABC (The Blaze)  • She's got the look down: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin (Gawker)
NEWS
October 22, 2013
Well, they did it: Our elected officials managed to avoid completely destroying our already fragile economy as well as our leadership position in the world ( "Congress approves deal on shutdown, debt," Oct. 16). Blame who you want because both sides are pretty pathetic. Their "compromise" pushes the hard work down the road again and puts critical consumer holiday spending in limbo. I have a suggestion when they consider shutting down the government again next year. Let's really shut it down - all of it. Let's send all of the air traffic controllers and TSA agents home, close Social Security offices, stop monthly benefit payments to Medicare providers - everything.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Security officers on Friday confiscated a stun gun from a passenger's carry-on baggage at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, the second such incident in less than a week, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday. Lanesha Riona Williams, 20, was allowed to board her flight to Atlanta as scheduled after the black weapon was discovered by TSA screeners and she was issued a criminal citation, said First. Sgt. Jonathan Green, a Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman. The TSA said Williams lives in Kennesaw, Ga., while Green said she had a Washington, D.C., address on her identification.
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