The Secret Life of the American Airport Worker

I've spent the last six months investigating the lives of America's airport workers: the wheelchair pushers, the cabin cleaners, the baggage handlers, the people who will—instead of heading back to their own family members—assist ours as we travel this week. If you ask airport workers what they're doing for the… » 11/25/14 3:45pm 11/25/14 3:45pm

Air Travel Is Even More of a Nightmare When You're Trans

Air travel is pretty much the worst: you are forced to wait for an excruciatingly long amount of time in order to board an airborne vector for disease that's filled with squalling infants and various bland pretzel snacks. However, for transgender and genderqueer passengers, who often face undue scrutiny from TSA… » 5/27/14 4:00pm 5/27/14 4:00pm

Here's Virgin America's Surprisingly Fun Safety Video

Virgin America has managed to do the impossible: make it look, for a few minutes, that commercial flights are funky experiences for skinny tie-wearing stylish people having a great time instead of bleak desperate slogs between city outskirts punctuated by elbow fights with surprisingly aggressive Bible-reading… » 10/30/13 11:00am 10/30/13 11:00am

TSA Won't Even Let You Fly with Skulls in Your Bag Anymore

Will the TSA ever stop being such a goddamn pain in the neck? Yeah — there are issues of national security here and no one should be able to walk onto a plane carrying whatever they please, but, honestly, the Transportation Security Administration spends more time making passengers take off their shoes and… » 4/25/13 12:10pm 4/25/13 12:10pm

Texas Bill Would Make It Illegal for the TSA to Grope Your Tingly Bits

Nothing proves the terrorists have won more than the Great American TSA Experience. Everybody gets to feel embarrassed about their gross toenails/mismatched socks as you walk through a gigantic radiation machine that lets someone in an office somewhere look at your nipples, and a there's good chance that someone will… » 4/11/13 2:35pm 4/11/13 2:35pm

Maker of Full-Body Scanners Loses Its TSA Contract to Humiliate…

You know your worst flying fear? No, not that thing about waking up from a nap to hear the pilot slurring over the intercom, "Hey, laaaydeeez and gentlesmen, it's the ol' captain speaking. Whew, okay, it's truth time — your captain just washed down a pair of quaaludes he's been carrying around since ‘72 with a little… » 1/19/13 1:30pm 1/19/13 1:30pm

True Story: I 'Airline Dated' and Lived to Tell the Tale

Have you heard of "airline dating," the hot new online dating trend? Probably not, because it is not actually a hot new online dating trend. But websites for lonely travelers who'd rather find love during a layover than seek out delicious snacks do exist; Steve Pasternack started meetattheairport.com after he,… » 11/28/12 12:10pm 11/28/12 12:10pm

Fakers Cut Airport Lines by Requesting Wheelchairs They Don’t Need

Airports — any airport, really, but especially Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta — are a miserable hellpits filled with forced groping, rubbery food, and lonely people working at the magic kit kiosks, hawking trick cards and imploring you to remember that they, too, were young once, full of wild dreams about opening for… » 10/04/12 11:10am 10/04/12 11:10am

1,000 Nigerian Women Are Stuck in Saudi Arabia Airports Because They're…

Around 1,000 Nigerian women have been stranded at airports in Saudi Arabia for five days running because of a rule that says they must be accompanied by a husband or male relative while taking the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca — a trip that's pretty much mandatory for able-bodied Muslims to take at least once in… » 9/27/12 6:30pm 9/27/12 6:30pm

Wouldn't We All Secretly Like to Turn the Tables on a TSA Agent?

Today in perversely satisfying news: A 59-year-old woman was going through security at Southwest Florida International Airport when she threw down her bags and theatrically groped a TSA supervisor's crotch. The woman, Carol Jean Price, says she was just demonstrating the aggressive groping she'd just received from a… » 6/21/12 1:40pm 6/21/12 1:40pm

Officers Singled Out Women to Inappropriately Strip Search at London…

Women are regularly singled out for strip searches at Gatwick airport, according to a government study into the airport's immigration and customs operations over the summer of 2011. Although more men were searched, 54 percent of the women inspected by Border Force officers were strip searched as opposed to 20 percent… » 6/20/12 5:45pm 6/20/12 5:45pm

TSA Agents Singling Out Sexy Women for Multiple Body Scans

Several women who flew through Dallas/Fort Worth's airport have filed complaints against the TSA claiming that officials asked them to walk through the body scanners multiple times. Why would female agents do such a thing? So the male agents viewing the scans could get a better look at their bodies. Ew. » 2/15/12 3:55pm 2/15/12 3:55pm