Free Travel by Hacking Your iPhone

Anthony Hariton, a computer science student in Greece, plans to give a lecture at a conference in May on how he managed to generate fake boarding passes with his iPhone. (HT to Slashdot) On the surface it doesn't seem too difficult. Not that I know how it works from a technical … [Read more...]

TSA Union Says Frequent Security Lapses Are “A-Plus”

Only government employees would claim that an oppressive security regime -- which requires pat downs, advanced body scanners, and easily circumvented restrictions on liquids -- in order to keep terrorists at bay should be ecstatic about seeing 800 security lapses per year. For 56,000 … [Read more...]

Your Chance to Comment on TSA Nude-O-Scopes

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The Transportation Security Administration has finally complied with a court order to re-evaluate its use of body scanners, requesting public comment on its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in the process. (Hat Tip to trims on Slashdot.) This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is … [Read more...]

Staying Three Beeps ahead of TSA PreCheck

A boarding pass from a recent flight (the code has been corrupted).

TSA’s PreCheck service is great. In fact, I’m even willing to call it a “service” because it's the one thing the TSA has actually gotten right as far as airport security is concerned. TSA officials claim that they want to make PreCheck the future for most passengers -- not just elite … [Read more...]

TSA Screeners Know You Hate Them

I was introduced to a new blog yesterday, "Taking Sense Away," ostensibly written by a former employee of the Transportation Security Administration. Also described by my dad as "Thousands Standing Around," this is the government agency we all know an love for being very good at preventing … [Read more...]

Getting Past the Lines at the Airport

There are lots of lines at the airport. Lines to check-in. Lines to get in another line to get through security. Lines to board the plane. Lines to get off the plane. If you're traveling internationally, there are lines to get through customs and immigration. I love my elite status because … [Read more...]