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101 firearms found last week at airport checkpoints

Each week the Trasnportation Security Administration reports on the number of firearms its officers find at airport checkpoints.

And each week I get alarmed.

This week is no different.

TSA reports that between May 14 and 20 a total of 101 firearms were found at airport security checkpoints.

Of those 101 firearms, 85 were loaded and 28 had a load chambered.

101 firearms is a lot. But it’s not a record for the TSA, although it is close.

Between February 5 and 11 of this year, TSA found a record 104 firearms at airport checkpoints.

Why do people bring firearms – and loaded firearms- with them to the airport?

TSA says most people caught with a firearm at an airport simply say they ‘forgot’ their firearm was in the bag they’d packed for their trip…

 

Travel Tidbits: new pre-check airline + fresh art at Miami Int’l Airport

Just in time for summer, we learn that the latest airline to join TSA’s pre-check program is British Airways, bringing to 53 the number of airlines participating in the program.

And Miami International Airport has some new, high-flying art:

The new work is called ‘Ando Volando’ (I’m Flying) and is by Miami-based artist Emilio Adán Martínez. Look for it in the Concourse E satellite. The new kite-like artwork has a companion display, ‘Andan Volando’ (They are flying), located inside Concourse D.

Both installations are constructed with paper, string and Australian pine branches and are meant to resemble kites and boats and suggest the idea of flight.

TSA cleans up with three Webby Awards

 

Judging by the negative emails I get everytime I share what I find to be an alarming tally of guns found by the Transportation Security Administration at airport security checkpoints each week, not everyone is a fan of the agency’s work.

But the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) evidently loves TSA’s work on the internet.

Last week the group awarded the TSA Instagram account three coveted Webby Awards, which honor excellence on the Internet.  “We’re not in the entertainment business,” Bob Burns, TSA’s social media lead and caption writer for the agency’s Instagram account said in a statement,  “But mixing humor with our messaging has been a very successful formula for us.”

TSA’s Instagram Account won these three awards:

Webby Award: Social Content – Marketing / Corporate Communications 
Webby Award: Social Content Marketing – / Weird 
People’s Voice Award: Social Content Marketing – / Weird 

I'm very excited to announce that the TSA Instagram account has won the internet!  We won two Webbys and one People's Voice award in the 22nd Annual Webby Awards! … Social Media/Marketing: Corporate Communications Webby Award — Decided by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) … Social Media/Marketing: Weird Webby Award — Decided by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) … Social Media/Marketing: Weird People's Voice Award — Decided by online votes. Huge thanks to all who voted!!! … Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). … Thanks to all of our followers. Not only for liking our posts and spreading the word about the account, but for providing amazing comments that are every bit as amazing as the content we post. #Webbys

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Want TSA PreCheck? Go buy some paper.

Summer is coming and checkpoint security lines at airports around the country are going to get longer.

So if you haven’t signed up for TSA’s PreCheck program yet, now would be a good time.

Don’t want to take an extra trip to the airport to do that? You may not have to if you’ve got a Staples office supply story nearby.

Staples office supply company and Idemia, the company that has the TSA contract to enroll people in the PreCheck program, have teamed up to set up IdentoGO enrollment centers in 50 Staples stores.

The cost of enrollment in the TSA PreCheck program is $85 and is good for five years at $17 per year.

Need to get new passport photo or a certified birth certificate?  Those IdentoGO Centers at Staples will help with those too.

 And if Staples isn’t in your community, check this site for another place to sign-up for TSA PreCheck.

It’s only February and TSA has set a new record

It was alarming to learn that during 2017,  the Transportation Security Administration found a record setting 3,957 firearms in carry-on bags at airport checkpoints.

That was 16.7 percent (556 more) firearms than found in 2016, when ‘only’ 3,391 firearms were found.

Will 2018 see a dip in the number of firearms passengers bring to the security checkpoints?

Not likely: It’s only February and another record has been broken: between February 5th and 11th, TSA found a record breaking 104 firearms in carry-on bags. Of those 104 firearms, 87 were loaded and 38 had a round chambered.

The previous week-long record? 96 firearms found during one week in July 2017.