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DHS Statement from DHS Press Secretary Sara Kuban on Dec. 27 Northwest Flight 253 Incident

Press Release

A passenger on today's Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit spent an unusually long time in the aircraft lavatory. Due to this unusual behavior, the airline notified TSA and the agency directed the flight to taxi to a remote area upon landing to be met by law enforcement and DHS. The passenger in question, a Nigerian national, was removed from the flight and interviewed by the FBI; indications at this time are that the individual's behavior is due to legitimate illness, and no other suspicious behavior or materials have been found.

Statement By Deputy Press Secretary Matt Chandler On DHS' Efforts To Enhance Driver's License Security

Press Release
"As expected, a large majority of states and territories—46 of 56—have informed DHS that they will not be able to meet the Dec. 31 REAL ID material compliance deadline. As the National Governors Association has said, the states have made tremendous progress in driver’s license security but simply cannot fulfill the requirements of REAL ID. That’s why Secretary Napolitano has supported the efforts of Governors and Congress to enact PASS ID, which puts states on the path to implementing national standards for identification documents and will enhance security across the country.

David Bassett Named Federal Security Director at Bradley International Airport

Press Release
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced David Bassett has been named federal security director (FSD) for Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn. Bassett comes to Bradley from TSA headquarters in Arlington, Va. where he served as director for the South East area and led a team of twenty-one deputy area directors and FSDs. He has been with the TSA since September 2002.

TSA Statement on Posting of Operations Document

Press Release

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recognizes an outdated, unclassified version of a Standard Operating Procedures document was improperly posted by the agency to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site wherein redacted information was not properly protected.‪‪ Once we were made aware, it was immediately taken down from the Web site and a full review by TSA’s Office of Inspection was initiated.

TSA and Continental Airlines Expand Paperless Boarding Pass Program at SJU

Press Release
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Continental Airlines announced today the expansion of the Paperless Boarding Pass pilot program at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU). The program will allow passengers to receive boarding passes electronically on their cell phones or PDAs, which will then be scanned by Transportation Security Officers at the checkpoint and eliminate the need for a paper boarding pass.