A picture of the grenade brought to LAX on Tuesday

Washington, D.C.-based TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein on Friday tweeted out a picture of the World War II-era grenade found Friday by screeners at Los Angeles International Airport.

As readers know, a Stanford University has been charged with a felony, according to Los Angeles County jail records.

This is what the grenade looked like. It was later blown up by the LAPD bomb squad.

 

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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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Is the punishment for bringing a gun through airport security too harsh?

Someone tried to bring this gun through security last week at Seattle's airport. Photo: TSA

Someone tried to bring this gun through security last week at Seattle’s airport. Do you think the punishment for doing this should be lessened? Photo: TSA

Here’s something that probably wouldn’t fly in California.

Georgia airports bust so many travelers for bringing guns through security that some members of the state legislature want to loosen the penalties for carrying a firearm through a checkpoint, according to the Associated Press.

The story talks about a man named Gary Lawrence who mistakenly brought a loaded 22-caliber revolver through Atlanta’s airport, one he usually uses “as protection against venomous snakes and coyotes.” He spent a night in jail and was charged with a misdemeanor, according to the AP story.

AP says some Georgia legislators think that this is unfair. They seem think people shouldn’t be published for what might be considered an honest mistake.

Now, gun-friendly lawmakers in Georgia want people licensed to carry a gun to avoid arrest if they accidentally take their firearms into the security checkpoint at the country’s busiest airport and willingly leave the security line. It occurs as gun rights groups in Georgia push state lawmakers to broaden the places where people can legally take guns, including churches and bars.

According to the TSA, travelers take guns through security a lot more often than you might think. Here’s the TSA tally from last week, which it published on its blog.

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LAX is expected to settle fines assessed by TSA

I came across an unusual entry in the agenda this week for the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners closed session meeting scheduled for Wednesday. It appears the Transportation Security Administration has assessed fines on Los Angeles International Airport.

Here’s what it says:

“Transportation Security Administration Settlement of five (5) Orders assessing Civil Penalties to Los Angeles World Airports for violations at Los Angeles International Airport. [2013LAX0162; 2013LAX0170; 2013LAX0216; 2013LAX0256; 2013LAX0017].”

I’ve reached out to the TSA about what these fines might be for, but I am not optimistic I’ll receive an answer. Usually I’m told this is “security sensitive” data. The meeting in which they will be discussed in closed to the public.

Do any of my readers know why these fines were asessed? If you know and want to say anonymous, you may email me at brian.sumers@langnews.com.

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