Steve Lorincz has spent more than half of his life working at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) to ensure the safety of passengers, and their treatment with dignity and respect. For nearly the past ten years, Lorincz has served as DTW’s Assistant Federal Security Director of Screening (AFSD-S) overseeing checkpoint and baggage operations and, occasionally, the training and scheduling departments, Behavior Detection Program and incident management in collaboration with the Coordination Center.
Before he joined TSA, Lorincz worked for Northwest Airlines and vividly remembers the August 16, 1987 crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 that killed 148 passengers.
“The devastation that Flight 255 caused families and their loved ones is a solemn reminder for me to make sure I do everything in my power to help prevent another tragedy so that I can help spare the innocent,” said Lorincz.
Throughout his years as AFSD-S, Lorincz has been integral in improving the security capacity, environment, expectations and performance across DTW. Always eager to learn and improve, Lorincz has constantly sought out innovative ways to challenge himself and to explore how best to grow as both a professional and a leader. An inaugural member of the Senior Leadership Development Program, Lorincz worked closely with the then-TSA Deputy Administrator, Gale Rossides. Additionally, he was an active member of the first National Advisory Council.
At DTW, Lorincz has been pivotal in the planning and security design of a new terminal, the roll out of the in-line baggage systems at the airport’s two terminals, management of the Expanded Behavior Detection Assessor program and in JD Power and Associates’ recognition of DTW as a top performing customer service airport.
For Lorincz, what he does matters because despite all the hard work and dedication to keep people safe, DTW narrowly averted another catastrophic tragedy on December 25, 2009 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253, from Amsterdam to Detroit.
“I work every day to make sure another 9/11 attack does not happen because of a vulnerability at DTW,” Lorincz said. “I can do that best by supporting my employees, providing them the tools and training they need to succeed, and creating a culture of high expectations and accountability.”
From the Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs