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2008 Archives

TSA Completes Background Checks on Over 1 Million Truckers

Press Release
WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration announced today the completion of over 1 million fingerprint-based background checks on truck drivers required to carry a Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) on a commercial driver's license.

TSA and AD Council Feature New Travel Videos

TSA has partnered with the Ad Council this holiday travel season to improve public awareness and security. The videos feature Transportation Security Officer Stephanie Naar.

TSA Statement on New York


The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning to state and local officials Nov. 25 about plausible but uncorroborated information that al-Qa'ida may have discussed in late September concerning the targeting of transit systems in and around New York City.

TSA and American Airlines Initiate Paperless Boarding Pass

Press Release
LOS ANGELES – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and American Airlines announced today the launch of a Paperless Boarding Pass pilot program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It will allow passengers to receive boarding passes electronically on their cell phones or PDAs, which will then be scanned by TSA security officers at the checkpoint and eliminate the need for a paper boarding pass.

TSA Launches Millimeter Wave Technology in Richmond

Press Release
RICHMOND, Va. – Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched millimeter wave technology at Richmond International Airport. There are two millimeter wave portals, one at each security checkpoint in the airport.

Statement on USA Today Piece on Federal Air Marshals


The air marshal story in the November 13 edition of USA Today presents a distorted view of the TSA's Federal Air Marshal Service by simply compiling and rehashing old reports in an attempt to falsely characterize an organization comprised of many thousands, based on the isolated actions of a very few over the course of many years. This flawed premise simply ignores and misrepresents the dedicated professionalism and expertise of the men and women that have protected our skies around-the-clock every single day since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

DHS Announces Security Standards For Freight And Passenger Rail Systems

Press Release
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today regulations aimed at strengthening the security of the nation's freight and passenger rail systems and reducing the risk associated with the transportation of security-sensitive materials.