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2005 Archives

Bandara Ngurah Rai International Airport Complies with Security Standards

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that the Bandara Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia does not meet international security standards, and the department is taking action to warn travelers of this security deficiency. Based on an assessment by a team of security experts from TSA, the Department of Homeland Security has determined that the airport does not currently maintain security measures consistent with the standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Newly Graduated Explosives Detection Canine Teams to Help Secure Aviation, Mass Transit

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today the graduation of 12 new members of its National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program (NEDCTP). The teams will be assigned to airports in Los Angeles; Cleveland; Phoenix; Tulsa, Okla.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Little Rock, Ark., and mass transit systems in Boston (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority), Philadelphia (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) and Baltimore (Maryland Transit Administration).

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on DHS Accomplishments and Priorities

Press Release

SECRETARY CHERTOFF: ... It is true that I was here about nine months ago outlining a first draft of a vision for where the Department of Homeland Security might go. And of course, at that point, I had no way of foreseeing the challenges we would face in 2005, but at least we had a sense at that point of some of the broad outlines of what we would be trying to develop during the course of this year as we position ourselves for, really, the 21st century challenge of homeland security.

Covenant/Lockheed Team Selected as Private Screening Contractor at Sioux Falls

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced selection of the Covenant Aviation Security (CAS)/Lockheed Martin Information & Technology Services team as the private screening contractor for Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls, S.D. under the Screening Partnership Program (SPP).

TSA Unveils Enhanced Security Screening Procedures and Changes to the Prohibited Items List

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Beginning December 22, airline travelers can expect to see more random screenings, fewer prohibited items and a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workforce more dedicated to detecting and defeating more serious threats, such as explosives. These changes are part of an update to security procedures announced today by Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley, to address the ever-evolving threat to commercial aviation.

Passengers Encouraged to Pack Patience and Checklist this Holiday Season

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today urged air travelers to plan ahead for air travel security procedures this holiday season. The agency expects heavy passenger volume throughout the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays.

TSA Names Three Area Directors to Oversee Transportation Security Nationwide

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Maggie Rhodes, Leo Vasquez, Jr. and Dennis Clark as the three Area Directors to oversee transportation security at airports and in other modes of transportation for the East Coast, Central and Western areas, respectively.

Anticipating the Unexpected - IATA AVSEC World – Keynote Speech


Geneva, Switzerland
October 26, 2005

Thank you, Gunther, for your kind introduction. It is a great pleasure to be among so many distinguished leaders, and I am honored that IATA has asked me to address you today.

Gatherings like this remind each of us how connected we are, despite the separation of national boundaries. We know from recent experience that we are not working alone in our efforts to diminish terrorism, the impact of natural disasters, and our exposure to new dangerous flus. We are strengthened by colleagues and partners around the world.