Book cover for "In Security" by Edward Schwarzschild
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In 2012, Edward Schwarzschild went to work for the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) at Albany International Airport, working in the early mornings before going to his day job as a university professor.

In the beginning, he thought it might help him connect with his aging father, a traveling textile salesman who loved to fly. But he also worried it might be evidence of a midlife crisis.

Like many of his fellow agents, Schwarzschild was only with the TSA for a short time, but the experience helped shape his third novel, "In Security" - Part thriller, part family drama, and part love story.

On Monday, October 19, Schwarzschild will participate in an online event for Odyssey Books. He'll be in conversation with author John Gregory Brown. 

Edward Schwarzschild is the author of "Responsible Men" and "The Family Diamond." At the University at Albany, State University of New York, he is Associate Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing, and Fellow of the New York State Writers Institute.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the company that manages Westchester County Airport are teaming up to help TSA and air traffic control workers amid the record-long partial government shutdown.

In New York, Democratic Westchester County Executive George Latimer was at his county’s airport Tuesday to criticize the partial government shutdown and its effect on Transportation Security Administration employees. He says this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Westchester County Exec Visits TSA Workers

Dec 26, 2018

Amid a partial federal government shutdown, the Westchester County executive visited some TSA workers at Westchester County Airport Wednesday. It is presumed that the workers will be paid retroactively when the shutdown ends.


WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the possibility of the TSA ending screening at smaller U.S. airports.  Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on the trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman.


WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's comments on funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Dr. Chartock also discusses a report that federal air marshals have been conducting in-flight monitoring of U.S. passengers for years.

Examples of electronics that will need to be removed from carry-on bags for examination include tablets, kindle devices, games and cameras. They should be placed in a bin with nothing on top or underneath.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Transportation Security Administration is tweaking the passenger screening process.  A briefing was held today at Albany International Airport.

TSA Director Bart Johnson; TSA Agent Francesco Genovesi
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With the summer travel season upon us, Transportation Security Administration officials were at Albany International Airport today to talk about items that need to be checked under the current terror threat.

A 14-year-old New Hampshire boy taking a flight to a baseball tournament in Florida was shocked when airport authorities said he was on a U.S. government watch list.

An artifact from the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago has been given to Albany International Airport. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the airport Thursday morning when the artifact was officially put on permanent display.

United States Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer

Senator Charles Schumer is calling for daily federal screening of airport and airline workers for weapons following last month's arrests of five men accused of smuggling guns through the New York and Atlanta airports.

The New York Democrat, joined by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, is asking the Transportation Security Administration "to immediately implement a national requirement that all airports develop a daily screening plan that works for their facility.  There is simply no good reason not to take this step."

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A spokesman for the federal Transportation Security Agency says TSA agents discovered a firearm in the carry-on luggage of a man who was trying to board a plane at the Burlington International Airport.


Transportation Security Administration officials confiscated a loaded gun from a passenger’s carry on baggage at the Plattsburgh International Airport checkpoint.

Area democrats are urging Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to reverse a decision that would allow passengers to bring small knives onto airplanes

3/12/13 - Panel

Mar 12, 2013

  Today's panelists are Alan Chartock, David Guistina from WAMC News, and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union. Joe Donahue moderates.

Our topics are: New York state Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling blocks limits on sugary drinks; NY GOP State Senators now open to Minimum Wage hike; the conclave to elect a new pope is underway; the TSA says yes to small knives on planes.