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Cities Consider Privatizing TSA To Speed Up Checkpoints, But Would It?
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TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger prepares to testify during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers sought answers as to why long security lines persist at airports around the country. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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TSA Hopes To Speed Up Screening Lines This Summer, Administrator Tells Congress
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TSA agents work at a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Monday. The House committee says the head of security for TSA has been removed from his post after inquiries into the agency's management. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Security Lines Are Interminable, But With Good Reason
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Faced with the prospect of long wait times at airports this summer, Homeland Security is boosting its checkpoint staffing. In this photo from December, passengers line up to go through security at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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A man is screened with a backscatter X-ray machine as travelers go through a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport in 2011. Danny Moloshok/Reuters/Corbis hide caption

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If Congress doesn't act to fund the Department of Homeland Security by Friday, then over 200,000 TSA employees won't be receiving paychecks — but many of them will still have to show up to work. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For TSA Officers, Congress' Inaction On Funding Could Hit Home
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TSA agents, like this one at Chicago's Midway International Airport, discovered more than 2,000 firearms at the nation's airports last year — the overwhelming majority of them loaded, according to new data. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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A TSA agent checks a bag at a security checkpoint area at Midway International Airport last month. The new federal government guidelines on racial and religious profiling won't apply to the TSA. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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In Paris, soldiers patrol at Charles de Gaulle Airport last week. French airports have reportedly agreed to a new TSA policy requiring electronic devices to be powered up before they're allowed on U.S.-bound flights. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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A graphic released by the TSA earlier this year announced coming changes to the agency's Prohibited Items List, which it said would allow small knives. The TSA now says those items will remain banned from carry-on bags. TSA hide caption

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