Assistant Administrator for Security Operations
Christopher McLaughlin was named TSA’s Assistant Administrator for Security Operations in July 2011. In this role, he is responsible for providing executive management of daily field operations for a workforce of more than 50,000 employees at more than 450 airports nationwide. In addition to operational management of field operations, he is also responsible for regulatory compliance, budget and financial requirements, program planning, and partnering with security operators in other modes.
Prior to his appointment this position, Mr. McLaughlin was the Federal Security Director at Denver International and Fort Collins-Loveland airports. As the FSD, he led a team of more than 950 employees and managed a budget of $50 million. Mr. McLaughlin was the senior Department of Homeland Security official responsible for the implementation of transportation security for aircraft, airports and other transportation facilities. This includes operations related to screening, regulatory compliance, security and related law enforcement in the Denver area.
McLaughlin is a seasoned leader with extensive experience in managing multi-million dollar projects, improving operational and personnel performance, and developing operational plans and strategies. Before joining TSA in 2009, McLaughlin was Senior Director with Frontier Airlines where he provided leadership to a staff of more than 1,400 employees and managed a $68 million budget. In that role, he oversaw a multi-million dollar remodeling of Frontier’s lobby operation at Denver International, resulting in a 45 percent improvement in efficiency.
Also at Frontier Airlines, from 2005 to 2007, McLaughlin was Director of Station Operations, providing senior management and visionary leadership to nearly 1,000 employees and managing a $75 million budget. Prior to that, he was Hub Director with Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation at Washington-Dulles International Airport.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Connecticut College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts.