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Travelers wearing protective face masks wait in line at a Transportation Security Administration screening at LaGuardia Airport in New York last month. U.S. aviation regulators are calling on the nation's airports to crack down on the defiantly unmasked. Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Two men identified by authorities as hijackers Mohamed Atta (right) and Abdulaziz Alomari (center) pass through airport security on Sept. 11, 2001, at Portland International Jetport in Maine in an image from airport surveillance tape released on Sept. 19, 2001. Reuters/Portland Police Department hide caption

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A line loops through security at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as travelers return to the skies after mostly staying home during the coronavirus pandemic. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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Banking On Busy Summer Travel Season, Airlines Add More Flights And New Routes

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For about a year, major U.S. commercial airlines have required all passengers who are older than 2 to wear face masks on flights. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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TSA agents clearing passengers at Denver International Airport, June 2020. TSA found twice as many weapons on passengers per million in 2020 than they did the year prior. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Transportation Security Administration officers are finding guns in carry on bags at security checkpoints at a rate three times higher than they did last summer. And 80% of those guns are loaded. Courtesy of TSA hide caption

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A Transportation Security Administration officer watches as travelers put their items through an X-ray machine in 2017 at Miami International Airport. The TSA says it's finding significantly more firearms in carry-on luggage despite a huge drop in air travel. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Soon all travelers going through the Los Angeles International Airport will be required to cover their face in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Passengers head for security screening at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston last year. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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TSA Screeners' Union Wants More Guidance On Avoiding Coronavirus

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TSA wants to remind passengers that rocket launchers and other military paraphernalia are not permitted in checked or carry-on bags, even when the weapon in question is not a live device. Transportation Security Administration hide caption

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Viruses thrive in the security lines at airports, according to several studies. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Where Are The Most Viruses In An Airport? Hint: It's Probably Not The Toilet

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A passenger at Union Station in Los Angeles is scanned with Thruvision technology, designed to reveal suspicious objects on people, during a Transportation Security Administration demonstration on Tuesday. Richard Vogel/AP hide caption

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A passenger looks over planes sitting on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Nov. 22. A previously undisclosed TSA program flags passengers for observation, and undercover air marshals observe their behavior — including whether they make calls or send texts as they travel, The Boston Globe reports. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Passengers use facial recognition scanners before boarding a British Airways flight in Orlando, Fla. Brian Naylor/NPR hide caption

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Facial Scanning Now Arriving At U.S. Airports

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Travelers go through the TSA PreCheck security point at Miami International Airport on June 2. The number of TSA PreCheck applicants has more than doubled owing to record security wait times. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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TSA PreCheck Applications Soar Amid Long Lines At Airports

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Passengers line up to check in before their flights in May at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Two new automated security lanes at Atlanta's airport are aimed at reducing long wait times. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Lines of travelers at Denver International Airport snake their way through security on Thursday. RJ Sangosti/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Cities Consider Privatizing TSA To Speed Up Checkpoints, But Would It?

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