Do you know the TSA officer who tells jokes at LAX?

Carl Revis used to be an emcee at weddings. Now he is a Transportation Security Administration screener at Los Angeles International Airport, usually based at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

He has a 10-15 minute routine, which he delivers once an hour on a microphone at screening. Have you seen him?

Our staff photographer Brad Graverson put together this nifty video of Revis.

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Man who brought grenade to LAX is free on bail

The Stanford University professor who brought a World War II-era grenade through security at LAX was released this morning on $500,000 bail after spending the night in jail, records show. He is being charged with a felony, according to records.

On Tuesday afternoon, a portion of the airport was evacuated and the bomb squad was called out.

From my story last night:

Gary Walter Cox, 58, told authorities the grenade had belonged to his father, who had recently died, the sources said. He thought it was inert but a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said police determined that it might actually have been live.

The grenade was spotted by Transportation Security Administration workers during routine screening, a federal law enforcement official said.

The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was called out to the airport, and Terminal 1 was evacuated at about 3:45 p.m. Police transported the item and later blew it up, the three sources said. The terminal was reopened about 4:20 p.m.

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TSA opens Precheck enrollment center at LAX Terminal 6

TSA is opening another Precheck enrollment center at LAX.  Photo: Creative Commons, via Hawaiian Airlines.

TSA is opening another Precheck enrollment center at LAX. Photo: Creative Commons, via Hawaiian Airlines.

The TSA has opened a Precheck enrollment center in the lower level baggage claim area in Terminal 6 at Los Angeles International Airport, the agency said this week.

The center is the first at LAX that is not inside security, so you can access it even if you do not have a flight that day. There’s another enrollment center in Delta’s Terminal 5, just beyond the TSA security checkpoint.

The Terminal 6 application facility is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The TSA recommends that prospective enrollees make an appointment and fill out out a form at the TSA’s website.

Precheck costs $85 and lasts for five years. The TSA does a background check on you and takes your fingerprints. If you pass their test — no one knows exactly what the rules are — you’ll get expedited security screening. That means you won’t need to take off your shoes or take your liquid out of your bag. You also won’t need to take your laptop out of your bag.

Precheck lines are generally shorter and move faster than regular ones. But there has been some grumbling of late that Precheck is no longer as quick as it once was.

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Breast-feeding mom settles with TSA over PHX incident

A Hermosa Beach mother says she has won a legal settlement against the TSA. Photo: Associated Press.

A Hermosa Beach mother says she has won a legal settlement against the TSA. Photo: Associated Press.

A Hermosa Beach woman who sued the Transportation Security Administration after she claimed officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport harassed her four years ago over her son’s breast milk has won a tentative legal settlement against the agency, she told me on Tuesday.

All the details are in the story on our main website. But Stacey Armato, the plaintiff, told me she’s receiving $75,000 from the government. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, she said, the TSA will also retrain employees about breast milk policy.

In the February 2010 incident, Armato declined to allow her son’s breast milk to go through the X-ray machine. While this was permitted under TSA rules, Armato claimed in court papers that she was then harassed and embarrassed by the TSA screeners. They even called the police to investigate, Armato said.

“Moms can now travel more confidently with their breast milk,” Armato said in an interview on Tuesday. “It’s a big day for breast-feeding moms.”

A TSA spokesman said the agency had no comment.

Armato and her son. Photo courtesy of Stacy Armato.

Armato and her son. Photo courtesy of Stacy Armato.

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More info: TSA fined LAX for violating security plan

The TSA has fines Los Angeles International Airport for violating security parameters. Photo: Creative Commons, via Hawaiian Airlines.

The TSA has fined Los Angeles International Airport for violating security parameters. Photo: Creative Commons, via Hawaiian Airlines.

I have a little more information on the fines the TSA assessed Los Angeles International Airport that I wrote about on Monday. The Los Angeles Board of Airport commissioners is expected to discuss them at a closed session meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Nico Melendez, a TSA spokesman, said LAX was assessed the fines because it failed to follow the security protocols in the security plan it filed with the TSA.

“If we find issues with violations of the airport security plan we can access a civil penalty against an airport or a carrier, or even a passenger,” Melendez said. “These were violations of the airport security plan.”

Melendez couldn’t say exactly what the airport did wrong, and LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles declined to comment. But on its website, TSA has a list of 16 different reasons for violations. According to the site, the fines range from $1,000 to $11,000, a number that fluctuates depending on the severity of the infraction. Melendez said the TSA has inspectors at airports who give out citations.

Here are the 16 categories:

Violation
1. Failure to ensure that Airport Security Coordinator (ASC) fulfills required functions
2. Failure to train ASC
3. Failure to allow TSA inspection
4. Failure to provide evidence of regulatory compliance
5. Failure to provide SIDA access ID to TSA personnel
6. Failure to carry out a requirement in the security program
7. Failure to restrict the distribution, disclosure of SSI
8. Failure to notify TSA of changes to its security program
9. Access control violations – Secured area, AOA, SIDA – access control systems
10. Failure to follow escort procedures
11. Failure to train or to maintain training records
12. Criminal history records check – Failure to perform, failure to suspend, failure to investigate charges
13. Failure to maintain record of law enforcement response
14. Failure to comply with Security Directive
15. False entry in record or report Max. + Criminal Referral
16. Failure to comply with requirements related to adequate law enforcement response/support
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