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A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent checks the luggage of a passenger on May 2, 2011 at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida.

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A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent checks the luggage of a passenger on May 2, 2011 at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida.

TSA: First Pat-Downs, Now Sticky Fingers? Inquiring Republicans Want to Know

Sometimes it’s not easy being the Transportation Security Administration. The furor over the idea of passengers armed with pocket knives has died down. It’s been a while since a celebrity or lawmaker tweeted about their overly aggressive pat-down and a...

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Retired Rep. Bud Shuster, right, congratulates his son, Bill, after Bill clinched the Republican nomination to fill Shuster's 9th District congressional seat in this file photo.

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Retired Rep. Bud Shuster, right, congratulates his son, Bill, after Bill clinched the Republican nomination to fill Shuster's 9th District congressional seat in this file photo.

Transportation’s Gavel-Passing: Recalling Gentlemen’s Old Days

It was a back-to-the-future moment. Rep. Bill Shuster, the Pennsylvania Republican taking over the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, received the gavel in a packed room that featured his 81-year-old father, Bud, who presided over the panel for six years...

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TSA employees demonstrate an advanced image technology (AIT) millimeter wave scanner using new Automated Target Recognition software at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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TSA employees demonstrate an advanced image technology (AIT) millimeter wave scanner using new Automated Target Recognition software at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.

TSA to Mica: You Have No Jurisdiction

House Republicans haven’t tired of working over one of their favorite punching bags, the Transportation Security Administration, holding more than two dozen hearings in 2011 and 2012. Agency Administrator John Pistole now is drawing the line. Pistole not only sent word today that...

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