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November 15, 2007

Inside the TSA: Airport Screening

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Conde Nast Traveler's Barbara Peterson catches a break.
Photo: Marc Asnin, Conde Nast Traveler

by Wendy Perrin

Those of you planning to travel next week can't be too happy about the recent report detailing how government investigators were able to successfully smuggle liquid explosives and detonators past airport security. 

While our suggested link of the day may not make you feel better, it should be able to shed some light on the realities facing the overworked members of the Transportation Security Administration--America's last line of defense. 

From September to October of 2006 our very own aviation correspondent Barbara S. Peterson worked undercover at the TSA as an airport screener-in-training. Her report of the experience, which first appeared in the March 2007 issue of Conde Nast Traveler, is now online.

Read it: Inside Job: My Life as an Airport Screener.