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Friday, June 27, 2014

Data about TSA searches is on Internet


Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

For a complete list of You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.

The record: A weekly update of items found or people arrested by Transportation Security Administration authorities.

Why you'd want them: To learn more about what TSA does and its screeners have found in the nation's airports. For example, the TSA "Week at a Glance" through Oct. 24 reported that screeners had found one "artfully concealed" prohibited item at checkpoints and 32 firearms at checkpoints. It also said that TSA workers arrested one passenger on suspicion of fraudulent travel documents.

Where you get the records: From the TSA's website, www.tsa.gov. The information is on the home page.

How much it will cost: The information is free.

— Deb Gruver

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