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1. TSA officers face specter of no paychecks

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Transportation Security Administration officers, who make about $35,000 a year, could be required to work without pay if Congress doesn't pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill before Friday. Stacy Bodtmann, who has worked for the TSA for 13 years, doesn't plan to cooperate: "If I'm not being paid, Stacy won't be at Newark Airport," she said. "I mean, we're in America. Nobody works for free." National Public Radio (02/23)

2. Man makes weapons from gift-shop purchases

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Evan Booth has published a series of online videos demonstrating his ability to create small explosives from items that can be purchased at airport gift shops. The Transportation Security Administration released a statement downplaying any threat, noting that the agency uses a multilayered approach to combat threats. KDVR-TV (Denver) (02/23)

3. U.S. Senate votes to strip immigration provisions from DHS funding bill

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

The U.S. Senate yesterday approved a "clean" funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, removing provisions included by the House of Representatives that would prevent funding for President Barack Obama's executive order lifting restrictions on millions of undocumented immigrants. The measure now returns to the House for consideration. Reuters (02/25)

4. TSA secretly warns airports of thermite-based explosive devices

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

The Transportation Security Administration in December issued a secret warning to airports, advising them that screeners are unlikely to detect thermite, a combination of rust and aluminum powder that can be used to create a device that emits a poisonous gas. Air marshals have been warned that using fire extinguishers on thermite devices can make the situation worse, but they have not yet received training on how to appropriately handle the devices. Intercept, The (02/25)

5. A look at airport employee security measures

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Airport employees are not subject to the same intense screening as passengers for various reasons, including cost and operational limitations, Cindy Drukier writes. Most airports require workers to submit to random security checks and use identifying badges to enter secure areas. Epoch Times, The (02/28)

6. Johnson warns morale will suffer if DHS goes unfunded

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned that a shutdown of the agency will have serious consequences, even though employees deemed "essential," including Transportation Security Administration screeners, would still be required to report to work. Morale among those workers will be hurt by the lack of paychecks, he said. NBC News (02/24)

7. Traveler triggers alarm at BWI airport

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

A traveler at Maryland's Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Thursday attempted to re-enter a secure area of the facility via the exit lane, triggering a siren and prompting the Transportation Security Administration to temporarily shut down some security checkpoints. The traveler was referred to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. WBAL-TV (Baltimore) (02/26)

8. Atlanta airport implements tighter employee screening

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Workers at Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will now have their bags screened before they can access secure areas of the facility. The airport is also reducing the number of access points from 70 to 10, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. The tightened security is in response to recent incidents in which workers brought guns into secure areas of the airport. WSB-TV (Atlanta) (02/26) CNN (02/26)

9. Lawmakers extend DHS funding for a week

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Congress passed a stopgap bill extending funding to the Department of Homeland Security for one week, preventing a partial shutdown of the agency. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (02/28)

10. Knife slips through security at Orlando Sanford airport

AAAE Security SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

A traveler carried a steak knife through a privately managed security checkpoint at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida. An image of the knife was spotted on an X-ray of the passenger's bag about 10 minutes after the bag went through the checkpoint. WFTV-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (02/23)

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