(CNN) - President Barack Obama visited Monday with the family of TSA officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was killed at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month.
The President also met with Tony Grigsby and James Speer - two other TSA officers who were wounded in the November 1 shooting incident.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, said even though her recent security pat-down at the airport was uncomfortable, she's glad that someone like her, a senator, goes through the screenings so they can see what the process is like for other passengers.
"The rules need to be the same for everyone and if more of us had that exposure to the system, perhaps we would be more aggressive about making sure that we're using our resources wisely when it comes to safety of the public," McCaskill told CNN on Capitol Hill.
(CNN) - Authorities blocked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at the Nashville airport Monday after the Kentucky Republican refused a pat-down at a security checkpoint, his spokeswoman said.
Paul went through a scanner at the airport and set off an alarm, said his spokeswoman, Moira Bagley. He wanted to go through the body scan again instead of getting a pat-down, but officers of the Transportation Security Administration refused, Bagley said.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Here's something to think about the next time you're waiting in the airport security line: According the Republican Congressman John Mica of Florida, the people who are supposed to keep air travelers safe – aren't.
Mica ought to know: He's now the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. On the House floor this morning he begged members of Congress to get classified briefings on the Transportation Security Administration, the TSA.
Washington (CNN) - Do those new full-body screening procedures now in use at airports across the country make you mad? A new national poll suggests that if your answer is yes, you are in the minority.
Despite heavy coverage by the media and calls for a boycott against the procedures, a USA Today/Gallup survey indicates that 71 percent of Americans who consider themselves air travelers say that a potential loss of personal privacy from such screening is worth it as a method to prevent terrorist acts, with 27 percent disagreeing.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hoping to quell growing concerns in Congress about enhanced security procedures for airline passengers, top administration officials who oversee airport security went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to explain the new methods and why they are needed.
The closed, nearly two-hour briefing for congressional staff members included a detailed explanation of new advanced imaging technology that has sparked outrage from some passengers because it captures an image of their bodies through their clothing. Also, Transportation Security Administration officials demonstrated the invasive pat downs required for passengers who either refuse a full body scan or who need a follow-up inspection after an image is taken.
(CNN) - When it comes to new airport security screening for passengers, Americans agree that full-body scanners are okay, but split over when additional measures cross the line, according to two new polls.
A majority of Americans surveyed in two new polls released this week support the Transportation Security Administration's use of full-body x-ray machines that use new technology to highlight outlines of the human body in an effort to detect hidden weapons.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:
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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/01/art.pistole.gi.jpg caption="John Pistole was sworn in as head of the TSA on Thursday."]Washington (CNN) - Former FBI Deputy Director John Pistole was sworn in as the new head of the Transportation Security Administration Thursday, concluding a lengthy search process in which two previous nominees withdrew from consideration amid allegations of improprieties.
The missteps left the agency - which includes the nation's 50,000 airport screeners, thousands of air marshals, and others - with an acting chief for almost a year and a half, a time marked by a series of transportation-related security scares, most notably the Christmas Day bombing attempt on an aircraft entering the United States.
Pistole was sworn in by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano during a rail security event at New York's Pennsylvania Station.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate has confirmed John Pistole as head of the Transportation Security Administration. Pistole was Obama's third nominee for the post.