The last continuing resolution expired Tuesday. With that expiration, the F.A.A. lost its ability to charge the 7.5% tax on airline tickets, which funds most of the agency’s functions. That means the agency is losing $200 million a week, according to the American Association of Airport Executives, money that is normally used to pay safety inspectors and improve airport facilities.
The agency also lost its ability to write checks or pay its credit card bills. Which leaves the inspectors to pay their own expenses.Read more »
A man in Virginia commits suicide during a traffic stop.Read more »
61-year-old Yukari Mihamae grabbed the left breast of a female TSA agent Thursday at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Police say she squeezed and twisted the agent's breast with both hands.Read more »
Prosecutors will not file charges against a University of New Mexico Lobos football player who was arrested after wearing saggy pants on a plane at the San Francisco airport.Read more »
Liberty-minded Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) announced plans this week to re-introduce a bill that would hold Transportation Security Agency (TSA) liable for violating laws on sexual assault, as well as laws on the production of lewd images and potentially causing harm through mass radiation of passengers with naked body scanners.Read more »
30-year-old Nelson Santiago-Serrano, a former Transportation Security Administration worker at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, has been charged with two counts of grand theft. The Broward Sheriff’s Office accuse Santiago of stealing more than $50,000 worth of electronics from passenger luggage over the past six months.How was he finally caught, you might be wondering? Apparently a Continental Airlines employee caught him in the act of extracting an Apple iPad from a passenger’s luggage and stuffing it down his pants.Read more »
Ex-TSA supervisor gets prison for stealing from passengers. Read more here:Read more »
Guy gets $50 ticket for riding a bike NOT in the bike lane. Then he makes a video of crashes into various obstructions. Funny. Wants a refund too. He did a nice job of using his video phone to record the interaction with the police.Read more »
It was billed as a chance to taste the “glitz and glamour” of Hollywood or enjoy VIP treatment in some of the most exclusive shopping areas in the world. But when a group of 2,000 elderly British cruise ship passengers docked at Los Angeles for a short stop-off during a five-star cruise around America it was, in the words of one of them, more like arriving at Guantanamo Bay.Read more »
The TSA is now dictating legislation to states with threats of no fly zones, remember this if you had hopes for state governments reinforcing liberty.Read more »
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