This woman is being “patted down” by a pregnant agent of the Transportation Security Administration at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago — and you could be paying more for the privilege in the form of the restructuring of the September 11 security fee. Photograph by FlyerTalk member marklyon. Click on the photograph for additional photographs by marklyon in a discussion about the working conditions for the pregnant agent of the Transportation Security Administration agent shown in the photograph.

Airline Ticket Security Fees Set to Increase by More Than Double

Get ready to pay more in security fees on your airline ticket if you are traveling to, from or within the United States effective as of July 21, 2014. “This increase is part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013”, confirmed FlyerTalk member TSAPressSec — also known as Ross Feinstein, who is the press secretary for the Transportation Security Administration and an official company representative on FlyerTalk. “The law restructures the fee limitation from up to $2.50 per leg of a connecting flight (capped at $5 per one-way trip), to a flat $5.60 per one-way trip.” At first glance, you might be thinking that…

Could tubes of toothpaste NOT be in your future when traveling over the next couple of weeks — or longer? Photograph by FlyerTalk member jammed. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by jammed.

Toothpaste Tube Bomb Threat Warning to Airlines During Winter Olympic Games

Although not aware of any specific threat at this time, officials of the Department of Homeland Security of the United States have issued a warning to airlines of several countries with flights traveling to Russia for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi to be on the lookout for toothpaste containers which have the potential to contain ingredients used to construct an explosive device aboard an airplane. FlyerTalk members who…

Will it one day in the near future be easier for you to avoid long lines at the airport security checkpoint? Photograph by FlyerTalk member CDKing.

Reserve Your Spot at the Front of the Line at an Airport Security Checkpoint?

Have you ever arrived at the airport to catch your flight — only to have a long line at the security checkpoint greet you even though you have elite level status in at least one frequent flier loyalty program? Are there times where the Pre✓ program offered by the Transportation Security Administration of the United States is not always helpful in expediting your passage through the airport security checkpoint? Now at one airport, you can enter your flight number…

Click on this photograph of Adam Joseph Bartsch to access the official Internet web site of the metropolitan government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee — including the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, which is the source of this photograph.

Federal Air Marshal Arrested: Accused of Photographing Up the Skirts of Female Passengers

Adam Joseph Bartsch — a federal air marshal for the United States — was arrested yesterday morning after being caught by an eyewitness allegedly photographing up the skirts of female passengers with his mobile telephone as they boarded an airplane operating as Southwest Airlines flight 3132 at Nashville International Airport, according to a report by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. The unidentified eyewitness reportedly…

The curbside at Greater Rochester International Airport near where vehicle owners can leave their cars to be parked by valet parking attendants who will supposedly search your vehicle twice — whether or not you grant them permission to do so. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Short hair Francis. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Short hair Francis.

Should Vehicles Be Searched By Valet Parking Attendants?

Some rather disturbing recent news out of Rochester suggests that in an attempt to protect everyone at Greater Rochester International Airport, the valet parking attendants are apparently inspecting the vehicles they park under the “orders” of the Transportation Security Administration…and the cars are searched twice: once at…

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