A foiled plot to sneak a bomb through airport checkpoints and onto a plane bound for the United States calls attention to gaps in screening measures that are supposed to detect threats airport metal detectors miss.
Two current and two former TSA employees have been arrested in an alleged drug and bribery scheme by screeners who allowed large shipments of narcotics to pass through security at Los Angeles International Airport in exchange for cash, federal prosecutors said.
Former TSA chief Kip Hawley tells CNN's Erin Burnett why airport security should no longer focus on weapons.
A new program that allows American fliers to avoid pre-flight pat-downs by submitting to one-off security vetting is proving successful, and is set to expand, says the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
After years of criticism, the Transportation Security Administration is taking the initial steps to modify screening for people age 75 or older.
CNN's Nadia Bilchik talks about TSA'S latest initiative to alleviate airport security dread, and how to qualify for it.
Studies by the U.S. government and professional organizations conclude the level of radiation emitted by full-body airport scanners is safe for passengers, according to a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report, but the findings likely will not end the dispute over backscatter X-ray machines.
Authorities blocked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at Nashville International Airport on Monday after the Kentucky Republican refused a pat-down at a security checkpoint, his spokeswoman said.
Sen. Rand Paul explains what happened after he set off an airport scanner in Nashville.
Traveling on planes is stressful enough for passengers over the holiday, but even more so if someone has a disability or medical need. Now the Transportation Security Administration, which has endured widespread criticism for intrusive pat-downs, is launching a toll-free help line to get travelers through security checkpoints.
The holiday travel week is under way, with Wednesday expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year in the United States.
The Transportation Security Administration may back off a plan to conduct an independent study of the health effects of airport body scanners, saying a soon-to-be-released inspector general's report validates earlier conclusions that the machines are not harmful.
Ten years after its formation, the Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday got the type of birthday card no one wants to receive -- a blistering report from Republican lawmakers who said the agency is "bloated" and "inefficient" and has done little, if anything, to improve aviation security.
The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday unveiled a "trusted traveler" program -- one meant to expedite screening at U.S. airport checkpoints, agency chief John Pistole said.
A decade ago, tiny "travel-size" shampoos were fun stocking stuffers and a more expensive, more convenient means of packing toiletries for a trip. Now they're a reminder of the layered security landscape that has evolved at airports since the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Relations between once strategic allies Israel and Turkey continued to deteriorate Monday as both countries exchanged allegations that their nationals were targeted for intrusive and overly extreme security screening at each other's main international airports.
The TSA is phasing out its graphic body scan in favor of software that shows a body outline instead. Brian Todd reports.
The Transportation Security Administration is taking steps beginning Wednesday to eliminate the actual image of passengers in body scanners at airports, replacing them with a generic outline of a person.
After hinting for months that he would start a "trusted traveler" program to expedite screening at airport checkpoints, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole took his first step in that direction Thursday, announcing a pilot project for passengers who voluntarily release certain information about themselves.
A woman with a "natural" hair style wants to know why she and her hair were singled out for a hand search. KING reports.
Terrorists intent on striking commercial aircraft have shown renewed interest in surgically implanting explosives in humans to circumvent airport security, a U.S. security official tells CNN.
U.S. warns airlines about a new terror threat - surgically implanted bombs. CNN's Brian Todd reports.
The Transportation Security Administration has denied that its agents required a 95-year-old woman to remove her adult diaper last week before allowing her to pass a screening checkpoint at Northwest Florida Regional Airport.
The daughter of the 95-year-old woman who was patted down by TSA officers talks to CNN's Brook Baldwin about the ordeal.
A bill proposes to make some airport security pat-downs and body scans sexual assault. WMUR reports.
I was in the security line at an airport a few months ago when I watched a fellow passenger do something I'd never seen done before: He dissed the scan.
Calling for an airport screening process that maximizes security but cuts down on passenger hassles, the U.S. Travel Association on Wednesday recommended key changes to the current system.
The Transportation Security Administration on Friday ordered re-testing of all radiation-emitting full-body scanners after an internal review showed calculation errors, missing data and other discrepancies on paperwork by contractors who routinely check the machines' radiation levels.
The head of the Transportation Security Administration assured Republican lawmakers Thursday that unionization of airport screeners is not likely to lead to illegal strikes or work slowdowns, but said he would be willing to fire workers en masse should that happen.
Count Jesse Ventura among fliers who don't want their "junk" touched by Transportation Security Administration agents.
The controversy over airport body scanners has created a crop of entrepreneurs hawking items that promise to keep parts of your body from showing up on the images TSA agents see.
In November, CNN's Kate Bolduan sifted through both the facts and myths that surround the TSA's security measures.
The Transportation Security Administration signalled Thursday its intention to closely check insulated beverage containers, noting growing concerns that terrorists might conceal explosives inside such items.
When it comes to airport security, Americans have a case of cold feet.
It was days after her pat down that Marcia reacted.
India's ambassador to the U.S. was subjected to a security pat-down at a Mississippi airport. WAPT reports.
Word that all passengers on flights within and to the United States are now being checked against government watch lists may have travelers wondering how they were being screened up until this point.
The government of Saudi Arabia expressed concerns about American security regulations that included Saudis in a list of nationalities that warranted additional screening at airports.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on new data that shows that airport body scanners may not be very effective.
Dennis Gossard is fine with the enhanced security techniques at U.S. airports, and he said security agents are welcome to pat him down all they want if it keeps air travel safe.
As millions of Americans prepare to take to the skies for Thanksgiving travel, a U.S. official says security concerns have risen again because of an article published in an online magazine produced by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
One of the busiest travel weeks of the year is upon us.
CNN's Susan Candiotti looks at a movement to opt out of TSA body scanners on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Airport security policies "have to evolve" to ensure the safety of passengers while minimizing invasive procedures such as enhanced pat downs, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.
As you are standing in an airport security line this Thanksgiving week, waiting to be funneled into one of the invasive new body-imaging machines, or, if you decline that, to be pulled aside and subjected to a way-too-personal pat-down, ask yourself how you would feel if you lived in a country like this:
TSA administrator John Pistole says that airport screening procedures will not change because they keep us safe.
Enhanced security pat-downs that have been vilified by travelers as legal groping are here to stay, at least for now, the federal official in charge of transportation security told CNN on Sunday.
President Barack Obama stood by new controversial screening measures Saturday, calling methods such as pat-downs and body scans necessary to assure airline safety.
The TSA gets a smackdown as it defends the pat downs. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.
An Orlando, Florida, airport official wants to join the small group of U.S. airports who use a private company to screen passengers instead of the Transportation Security Administration.
CNN's Kate Bolduan looks at concerns over the more aggressive airport security measures.
Heading to the airport for the first time in months? My, how things have changed.
Jeffrey Toobin and Erick Erickson discuss whether airport scans are a necessary precaution or an invasion of privacy.
Are the new airport security screening methods safe? CNN's Anderson Cooper asks tough questions.
Airline pilots who want to skip certain airport screening measures -- saying it's wasteful to search pilots for sharp objects when they can bring down planes with their bare hands -- are finally getting their way.
A suspicious piece of luggage that was about to be loaded onto a flight in Namibia was a "test device" from a U.S. company that sells products designed to test security, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in a news conference Friday in Hamburg, Germany.
Germany beefs up security because of intelligence of a possible terror threat. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.
Body scanners that peer through clothes are deployed in airports across the country. Travelers who object are subject to "enhanced" pat-downs. Parents watch as their children are groped before boarding a plane.
Sen. George LeMieux of Florida is bothered by pat down screenings at airports.
Many Americans planning holiday travel have expressed concern -- even outrage -- over the the Transportation Security Administration's use of full-body scanning and enhanced pat-downs, but a large number of fliers are likely to bypass both screening procedures.
Vice President Joe Biden discusses the recent outrage over airport security measures.
The TSA is not as bad you think they are.
TSA Administrator John Pistole speaks with CNN's Anderson Cooper about the government's airport screening procedures.
Hero pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on Tuesday joined the opposition to heightened airport security procedures that critics have called invasive and intrusive.
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger speaks out against full-body screenings at airports for pilots.
Anderson Cooper explores the TSA's screening processes and whether the scans and pat downs are an invasion of privacy.
In response to a video of a California man's dispute with airport security officials, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday it tries to be sensitive to individuals, but everyone getting on a flight must be screened.
Federal transport authorities are ratcheting up security measures just ahead of the holiday travel season with an awareness campaign intended to make passengers more proactive in their own safety.
A growing pilot and passenger revolt over full-body scans and what many consider intrusive pat-downs couldn't have come at a worse time for the nation's air travel system.
Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center, is suing TSA and wants body scanners removed from airports.
They're arriving at airports across the country. Some complain they are invasive and an assault on our privacy. But are body scanners at security checkpoints dangerous?
Pilots' unions for US Airways and American Airlines are urging their members to avoid full-body scanning at airport security checkpoints, citing health risks and concerns about intrusiveness and security officer behavior.
Increased scanning and prodding at airport checkpoints have many in the sock-footed parade of American air travelers up in arms about security screening.
Patrick Smith, a commercial pilot who has refused full body scanners, explains their health risks for pilots.
CNN's Richard Quest talks with TSA Administrator John Pistole about cargo safety on planes.
Outdated security systems introduced to combat plane hijackings 40 years ago must be overhauled to address new terrorism threats, the head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Tuesday.
A pilot who refused to submit to a full-body scan or the alternative pat down going through airport security said the procedures violate his rights.
Kiran Chetry talks to pilot Michael Roberts on his refusal to submit to a body scan at Memphis International airport.
Passengers on American flight 24 talk to the media after their plane was grounded due to a security threat.
Having second thoughts about those new full-body scanners being used at airports by the Transportation Security Administration?
Full-body scanning machines may reveal a little too much, if an incident of workplace violence this week among Transportation Security Administration screeners is any indication.
Homeland Security Secy. Janet Napolitano confirms the addition of "real-time" threat-based intelligence at U.S. airports.
U.S. officials are revising the way they screen air passengers coming to the United States, dropping measures hastily implemented after the Christmas Day bombing attempt and replacing them with a plan to give airlines and other nations "real-time, threat-based intelligence" about potential terrorists.
An employee at London's Heathrow Airport has been given a police warning after allegedly making a lewd remark about a female colleague as she stood in a full body scanner by mistake.
Police warn a Heathrow security worker after he reportedly watched x-ray images of a female colleague through a scanner.
The federal government is starting to deploy full-body scanning machines to 11 airports across the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday.
The Department of Homeland Security on Friday named the first 11 airports to receive full-body scanners paid for with stimulus funds, with most of them going to California and the Midwest.
CNN's Ayesha Durgahee visits London's Heathrow Airport for the rollout of full-body security scanners.
It seems that now someone called "Barack Hussein Obama" can be pulled aside and patted down merely because of his name. But while our president has the benefit of Air Force One, millions of us with a "funny name" (Muslim and otherwise) do not. Like me.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday there is a "renewed sense of urgency in the international community" about terrorism after the Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard a U.S.-bound plane, and the U.S. should now push for global security standards for international airports and aircraft.
Britain is expanding its security watch list and has suspended all direct flights to Yemen as part of a series of new counterterrorism measures, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Wednesday.
Organizing expert Monica Ricci offers tips on how to pack lightly to save on baggage fees.
Feeling nickel-and-dimed, frisked and scanned, crowded and hustled just to get from point A to point B, air travelers seem to be reaching new levels of frustration and unhappiness.
A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images.
CNN's Randi Kaye takes a look at a series of embarrassing headlines and gaffes at the TSA.
The Underwear Bomber failed. And our reaction to the failed plot is failing as well, by focusing on the specifics of this made-for-a-movie plot rather than the broad threat. While our reaction is predictable, it's not going to make us safer.
Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano may want to make trips through airport security "unpredictable," but passengers returning from their winter holiday vacations could bet on at least one constant: waiting in line.