Elgy Gillespie was on her way to the airport when she lost her passport. No problem, she thought. She had recently read an article about lost passport problems. So she was confident that she could talk her way onboard her international flight without it. But when a Norwegian Air Shuttle agent unequivocally denied her check-in without a passport, she is stunned by his lack of understanding and contacted Elliott Advocacy for help.
Security lines at some airports are long and require that passengers arrive even earlier than the airlines suggest in order to make their flights. Several years ago, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began Trusted Traveler Programs, including TSA PreCheck, which allow passengers who have paid a fee and submitted to a background check to benefit from expedited screening. Travelers with TSA PreCheck do not have to remove laptop computers or liquids from their carry-ons, and are allowed to keep their shoes and sweaters on as they are screened.
SSSS! Behold the four letters that you don’t ever want to see on your boarding pass. If you find the Secondary Security Screening Selection stamp on your ticket, you should know that the TSA agents will be treating you to an extra-thorough and specialized security screening. Lucky you!
But how, and by whom, are passengers selected for this additional form of screening? After Jo Freeman’s recent unpleasant close encounter of the TSA kind, she wants to know.
Editor’s Note: The following post concerning a recent TSA screening uses anatomical terms to describe reproductive organs and may not be suitable for all audiences.
Kimberly Marcus is an educational consultant from Alfred, N.Y., who describes herself as a law-abiding citizen. Yet she says the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has treated her worse than a convicted felon, sexually assaulting her and “repeatedly touching my private areas.”
Does a container of juice for a toddler really pose a security threat to U.S. air travel? Whether it does or not, you can’t blame Kristin Rausch for wondering after a recent bad experience. Her TSA complaint: She thinks the TSA is making up their own rules.
It happened to Andy Lundberg when he was flying recently from Kansas City to Baltimore on Southwest Airlines. A Transportation Security Administration screener pointed him to the PreCheck line, where he waited behind a dozen other frequent travelers with the agency’s trusted traveler designation.
TSA agents are getting ruder, and it’s time to do something about it. So say an increasing number of air travelers, citing their own experiences of being harassed and harangued by the screeners who are supposed to be helping them.
Want to start an argument? Tell your travel companion you won’t be arriving two hours before your flight.
Go on, try it. I’ll be right here.
Between passports, passport cards, mobile passports and a constellation of trusted-traveler programs such as Global Entry, Sentri and Nexus, international travelers have a lot to choose from this summer. Chances are, there’s a program that will suit your itinerary and help you avoid long lines when you come home.
There’s an old saying that the devil is in the details. It’s especially relevant when you’re dealing with air travel. That’s because if you don’t pay careful attention to the details when making your reservations, there can be the devil to pay.
When Barbara Leary went through the full-body scanner at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport recently, her hip replacements set off the alarm. She was directed to another line, where she underwent a physical search by a Transportation Security Administration agent.
Want to start an argument? Tell your travel companion you won’t be arriving two hours before your flight. Go on, try it. I’ll be right here.
If you’re already bracing for a long airport security line during the spring break travel season, then you must remember last year.
You do, don’t you? That’s when Transportation Security Administration screening wait times doubled under the weight of tighter security and swelling crowds. On just one day in mid-March, 6,800 American Airlines customers reportedly missed their flights, thanks to the lengthy TSA lines.
Juggling the needs of a six-month old baby with a busy travel schedule can’t be easy, but Wendin Smith tries. She expects an airline like United, with which she has top-tier elite status, to be her ally. But on a recent flight, the company proved to be more of an adversary.
Krystyna Isaacs forgot to put her beloved necklace back on after a TSA screening at Seattle-Tacoma airport.
You know that part of your vacation where you hold your breath and hope for the best? It used to happen just before the plane landed, in that precarious moment between heaven and earth. But lately, it’s been taking place on terra firma, when you arrive at the airport and you’re confronted by a Transportation Security Administration screening.
Are you ready for an endless wait this summer?
He clutched a red passport and a boarding pass and wore a confused expression, the kind you slip into when no one speaks your language. The passenger was Japanese, and by my guess, English wasn’t his first — or his second — language.
It must be tough being the TSA. They search. They pat down. They often deal with unhappy passengers.
This week’s most popular post is a slippery, still developing story. You’ll want to know about it or you could soon find yourself in a metal cage with your hands up .
Your holiday wish list is a distant memory by now, which is just as well, because you’re probably not getting what you wanted from the travel industry in 2016.
he Transportation Security Administration’s new rules for screening passengers with its controversial full-body scanners — which were quietly changed just before the busy holiday travel season — represent a significant policy reversal that could affect your next flight.
When Mal Karman booked a Hawaiian Airlines ticket from San Francisco to Oahu he also took out a travel insurance through Allianz Global Assistance — just to be safe. He arrived early for his flight.
So far, so good.Enter the TSA.
My Lenovo ThinkPad computer is old — at least old in laptop computer terms — plus, it’s big, heavy, and clunky. Chances of the person right in front of me going through the TSA security at Chicago’s Midway Airport having almost exactly the same computer should have been slim to none.
It seems the antipathy felt toward the Transportation Security Administration isn’t limited to molested travelers. Lawmakers reviewing TSA performance records this week have slammed the agency’s performance as “pitiful.”
Beth Graham’s daughter’s luggage is pilfered, but it’s not clear who is responsible — the TSA or her airline.
What does the TSA and the Knee Defender have in common? They’re both incendiary topics on this site.
I’m putting them together today for a good cause.