TSA Issues Matzoh Advisory

AP

The Transportation Security Administration has issued a travel alert on the increase in Jewish travelers during the Passover holiday this week, noting that these individuals may be carrying “unique items” such as head coverings, prayer shawls, or matzoh bread.

Critics: TSA Expanded Surveillance Threatens Civil Liberties

Privacy concerns and lack of transparency, effectiveness cited by critics of VIPR program
AP

The Transportation Security Administration, traditionally known for its airport screenings, has been expanding its surveillance reach to major events and other transportation sites as part of a broader strategy to deter terrorist acts.

Rapiscan Up for Airport Screening Contract Despite Past Controversies

Parent company has ties to the Obama administration
AP

A technology company with ties to the White House is said to be in the running for a federal airport x-ray screener contract despite allegations that the company misled the federal government on a contract for controversial full-body scanners that was terminated by the TSA in January.

TSA Hassles Legendary Wookie

Actor Peter Mayhew stopped by TSA because of lightsaber cane
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Chewbacca should stick to flying on the Millennium Falcon. Peter Mayhew, the Star Wars actor who played the famous Wookie was stopped by the Transportation Security Administration on June 3, the Associated Press reports.

‘Culture of Mediocrity’

Congressmen blast mismanaged security test at ports
Rep. Gerry Connolly / AP

The Department of Homeland Security spent millions of dollars on a pilot program for a biometric identification system that ultimately failed to provide meaningful data, a congressional hearing on Thursday morning revealed.

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GAO report: TSA received 39,000 complaints between 2009 and 2012
AP

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) received more than 39,000 complaints related to its controversial screening methods between 2009 and 201,2 but the agency’s method for tracking and responding to complaints is flawed, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found.

TSA Refuses to Show at Committee Hearing

Claims House Transportation Committee has no jurisdiction over it
John Pistole / AP

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) refused an invitation to appear at a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing Thursday, declaring the committee had no jurisdiction over the agency.