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6 Surprising (Amusing!) Things You Didn’t Know About Airport Security

If it weren’t for the association with the thrill of travel, the airport security line might be one of the least appealing places to be on earth with all of its rules, restrictions, and indignities[1]. Perhaps knowing a bit more of the behind-the-scenes minutiae will help enliven your next experience. At the very least, it makes for excellent cocktail party trivia among the jet set.

1. Got a question about your carry-on? You can tweet the TSA.

We’ve already discussed the comedy gold that is the TSA’s Instagram feed and its occasional forays into tragedy as poignantly illustrated by this abandoned teddy bear. However, if you have a serious question about the legalities of certain items in your carry on and don’t want to cause a scene in the security line, you can simply AskTSA on Twitter where they will give you the go-ahead on some items such as “delicious bacon” to a hard no for others, such as “Satan’s pizza cutter.”[2][3][4][5][6]

2. Some surprising (and sharp) items are actually allowed through.

For obvious reasons, box cutters and knives are banned, but there are some sharp items the TSA will let through, including scissors with blades no more than four inches long and ice skates[7] which is surely asking for trouble given the temperment[8] of some ice skaters[9].

3. There is a neat trick for getting your drink through.

As we learned[10] earlier this year, there’s no need to purchase an overpriced drink at the airport if you can bring your own with you. All you have to do is freeze it! However, if the words “frozen drinks” have you immediately reaching for a frozen daiquiri, disappointment awaits. Per the TSA s own language[11]: Frozen liquid items are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. That means no slushies, alas. Also, you’re not allowed to bring any alcoholic drinks on board: FAA regulations say[12] that “no person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage to him.”

6 Surprising (Amusing!) Things You Didn't Know About Airport Security

4. Some food items show up as explosives.

Sausages as confirmed[13] by the helpful AskTSA account are perfectly acceptable in your carry on. But, you should take them and any cheese you may be harboring out of your bag before putting it through the X-ray machine. According to Reader’s Digest[14], “the signature of these items is indistinguishable from explosives.”

5. Taking photos is sometimes OK.

As long as you re not interfering with the screening process, slowing things down, or filming or taking pictures of the monitors, the TSA does not prohibit[15] anyone from photographing, videotaping, or filming at screening locations. However, the local laws of the city’s airport may do. So, if you really want a photographic souvenir of your security line experience, call ahead to ask.

6. Airline employees face less screening than you.

The TSA requires background checks on anyone applying for an airline or airport job, but they can still bypass the screening other passengers go through. Four months after federal authorities discovered that a baggage handler was part of a ring that smuggled guns[16] from Atlanta to New York, the TSA announced[17] increased “random and unpredictable screening of aviation workers at various airport access points to mitigate potential security vulnerabilities. However, last spring the former TSA administrator said[18] that only Atlanta, Miami, and Orlando have thorough worker vetting in place.

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Vandal throws Bible, rocks, into Colorado Islamic Center

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
By: Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A 22-year-old police officer died in Oklahoma on Monday morning after he and a man exchanged gunfire when the man ran during a traffic stop Sunday night, Tecumseh police said.

>> Read more trending news[1]

The officer, identified as 22-year-old Justin Terney, died of his injuries. The suspected gunman remained hospitalized Monday morning.

We extend our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Officer Terney & the TPD. We are deeply saddened at the tragic loss. #OfficerDown[2][3]

Oklahoma City Police (@OKCPD) March 27, 2017[4]

Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said Terney was shot multiple times after stopping a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Benson Park Road and Gordon Cooper Drive. Kidney said Terney was working with dispatchers to verify information given by one of the vehicle s passengers, a man, after becoming suspicious that he might have been giving Terney false information. As dispatchers were telling Terney that it appeared the man had an active warrant for his arrest, the man ran from the stopped vehicle and toward nearby woods, Kidney said. Terney fired a stun gun at the man.

The (stun gun) doesn t have any effect on (the suspect) and he continues running through a wooded area, over a fence, Kidney said. About 25 yards inside that fence area, the officer and the suspect both exchanged gunfire.

Authorities took both the suspect, whose identity was not immediately known, and Terney to a hospital, where Terney underwent surgery for hours overnight. Kidney confirmed that Terney, who had been shot about three times, died Monday morning. The suspected gunman remained in intensive care with four gunshot wounds, according to KFOR[5]. Terney joined Tecumseh s police force about a year ago.

My department s not doing good, Kidney said Monday morning, adding that in the 22 years he has been with the department and the 38 years the chief has been with the department, this is the first officer-involved shooting for Tecumseh police.

We haven t had to live through this yet, he said. We need everybody to rally around and support us.


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Oklahoma Police Officer Killed in Traffic-Stop Shootout

Oklahoma Police Officer Killed In Traffic-Stop ShootoutTecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney EOW 03/27/2017. (Image courtesy of Blue Lives Matter)

By Fox News US

A 22-year-old police officer in central Oklahoma died Monday after a shootout with a man trying to escape a traffic stop in central Oklahoma, police announced. Officer Justin Terney died Monday morning after undergoing surgery overnight, Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said. The suspect was also shot and was in intensive care Monday morning, Kidney added.

Oklahoma Police Officer Killed In Traffic-Stop Shootout

Terney pulled over a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Tecumseh, 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, police said. The suspect apparently a passenger bolted as Terney checked with dispatchers to see if he had any outstanding warrants, according to Kidney. Terney used a stun gun on the man but it was ineffective, Kidney said. The man then shot at Terney, who returned fire. Both men were wounded and paramedics rushed them to OU Medical Center.

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(22-year-old cop Justin Terney dies after undergoing overnight surgery for multiple gunshot wounds sustained in traffic stop confrontation. Courtesy of Fox News and YouTube)

Kidney said Terney, who graduated from police academy last summer, was shot in the lower extremities. He was hit three times, Fox 25 reported[1]. He said authorities are still working to confirm the identity of the suspect, who was also shot multiple times.

If it is who we think this person is, there s a possibility that he has some warrants, Kidney said. That could be the reason that he ran.

The driver of the vehicle was in custody as well, police added.

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*Editor s note: Our condolences to the TPD. May Officer Terney rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


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