Tag: airport security

TSA Caught More People Trying to Sneak Guns Onto BWI Flights in 2016

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Something changed last year at BWI Airport: Transportation Security Administration officers either became more skilled at finding guns illegally stowed in carry-on bags, or more people concluded that, yes, it was a good idea to try to carry a gun onto a plane.

BWI Installs New Iris-Scanning Machines

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If you’re the kind of person who hates waiting in security lines, you’ll be pleased to hear that BWI will soon be participating in a new service that will allow some travelers to speed through airport lines in under 5 minutes. For a price, of course.

Loaded gun found in carry-on bag at BWI

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(photo via TSA)
(photo via TSA)

TSA joined the Baltimore Police Department’s pistol pic posting party this week. The federal airport security agency showed off a gun they found in a carry-on bag at BWI on Monday.

Airport Security Scanners Don’t Work, Johns Hopkins Research Says

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Though the scanner doesn't pick it up, n this image, there is a .380 ACP pistol taped above the subject’s knee. Image via radsec.org
Though the scanner doesn’t pick it up, n this image, there is a .380 ACP pistol taped above the subject’s knee. Image via radsec.org

If you’ve flown out of a major airport (like, say, BWI) over the past five years, odds are you’ve gone through one of those fancy new full-body scanners at airport security. They certainly seem more useful than the old-school metal detectors — but, according to recent research by a group of computer scientists, including one from Johns Hopkins, they have serious flaws of their own.

Sick of Security Screenings at BWI?

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Are you a frequent traveler at BWI Airport who would rather keep her belt and shoes on? Well, you might want to try being a “trusted traveler.”

The Baltimore-area airport is the latest to participate in the TSA’s pre-screening program for frequent fliers.

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