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TSA Firing 25 Workers, but Not Because of That Horrible Security Report or All the Stealing

According to reports from the Transportation Security Administration, the agency plans to clean a little house at the Newark International Airport by firing 25 employees and suspending 19 others for alleged misconduct.

In a seemingly related pair of stories, a recent internal TSA investigation revealed frequent security failures, while an ABC News story investigated rampant theft at the TSA.

However, both of these things have nothing to do with the 25 firings, according to the TSA.

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TSA Reveals List of Weird and Scary Items Confiscated This Year

We all gripe about having to take our shoes off when we go through airport security, but according to a list of items confiscated this year by the TSA, footwear may be the least of its concerns.

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Oregon Man Protests Airport Security By Conducting His Own Strip Search

Recent changes to the Transportation Security Administration’s screening guidelines for airport security checkpoints have been raising a lot of eyebrows. One man’s attempt to express his displeasure at these measures also raised some eyebrows for all the wrong reasons.

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JetBlue Airplane Makes Emergency Medical Landing At Amarillo’s Rick Husband Airport After Pilot Freaks Out

Passengers on a JetBlue plane bound for Las Vegas got more than they bargained for after the pilot experienced medical issues.  Said issues being getting locked out of the cockpit, foaming at the mouth, screaming about a bomb and forcing and emergency landing.

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Should TSA Have Patted Down a 3-Year-Old In a Wheelchair?

In a video that won’t be making the already unpopular TSA any new friends, a 3-year-old toddler in a wheelchair is seen being searched by a TSA agent at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

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TSA Demonstrates New Imaging Technology At Reagan National Airport
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TSA Body Scanner X-Rays Useless; Here’s How To Defeat Them

We've all been led to believe the intrusive x-ray machine the TSA uses to screen people can detect any metal or other object hidden on a person.  We've been lied to.  The machines are insanely easy to beat.  In fact, they are practically worthless.

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Senator Rand Paul Detained By TSA At Nashville Airport

It is well known that Rand Paul is one of the most vocal oppositions to the TSA and has been working to abolish the TSA. It probably doesn't bode well for the TSA that they have detained him in the Nashville Airport.

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Bakery Creates ‘TSA Compliant Cupcake’

Cupcakegate has troubled viewers across the internet.  The story goes like this.

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Airport Screenings May Soon Abolish Shoe Removal Requirement

Ever since infamous “shoe bomber” Richard Reid tried — and failed — to blow up a plane by igniting explosives in his shoes during a 2001 flight, travelers have been forced to remove footwear for screening when going through airport security.

But according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, that time-worn tradition may soon fall to the wayside.

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Will American Airlines’ New Boarding Method Save Time or Create Chaos?

For about a decade, airlines and academics have tried to figure out the fastest way to load passengers onto a plane. The less time spent on boarding, the more revenue-generating flights airlines can squeeze into a day. In fact, according to a 2008 study in the Journal of Transport Management, every minute cut on boarding can save $30 per flight.

Now American Airlines is trying out a new boarding method, and reaction is mixed.

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