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2005 Archives

TSA Urges Hunters and Sportsmen to Pack With Care for Air Travel

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminds individuals who have flight plans for their next hunting or fishing trip to pack carefully before coming to the airport. Traveling with outdoor gear, guns and most camping items is permitted, but outdoor enthusiasts should prepare in advance to avoid packing prohibited items in carry-on or checked baggage.

TSA Expanding National Explosives Detection Canine Teams to Mass Transit and Commuter Rail Systems

Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today the expansion of the National Explosive Detection Canine Team Program to 10 mass transit and commuter rail systems. The 10 systems are: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) and San Diego Trolley, Inc. (SDTI).

TSA Launches Pilot Project to Track Hazmat Trucks

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the Hazmat Truck Security Pilot this week with the award of a contract to General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems of Buffalo, N.Y. for $3,157,744.

TSA Names Robert Jamison as Deputy Administrator

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named Robert Jamison as Deputy Administrator for the agency. For the past three years, Jamison has served as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), an agency responsible for the management and oversight of roughly $8 billion of annual federal investment in the nation's subway, light rail, and bus system infrastructure. He joins the TSA at a critical point, as it conducts a top to bottom internal assessment prompted by Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff's "Second Stage Review."

TSA Changes Prohibited Items List to Allow Ostomy Scissors Aboard Aircraft

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – TSA is modifying the interpretive rule to exempt ostomy scissors from the prohibited items list. Ostomy scissors with pointed tips with an overall length of four inches or less are permitted when they are accompanied by an ostomate supply kit containing related supplies, such as collection pouches, wafers, positioning plates, tubing, or adhesives.

Advanced Explosives Detection Technology to be tested

Press Release

LARKSPUR, Calif. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with Golden Gate Ferry will begin testing advanced explosives detection technology today as part of the Secure Automated Inspection Lanes (SAIL) project. The 30-day pilot program will conduct explosives screening on passengers boarding ferries at the Golden Gate Ferry terminals in Larkspur, Calif., and will move to the San Francisco terminal in September. SAIL's purpose is to test the feasibility of using new technologies while maintaining efficient passenger screening systems for high volume commuter ferries.

PortSTEP Program Initiated

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard began a series of transportation system port security exercises today in San Francisco. The Port Security Training Exercises Program (PortSTEP) is focused on building links within the Area Maritime Security (AMS) Committee. The committee assists the captain of the port in writing, reviewing and updating an AMS Plan in addition to supporting other transportation entities that depend upon the port being secure.

TSA Expands Its Passenger Explosives Detection Capability

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Transportation Security Administration


New trace portal machine deployed to Palm Beach International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that it has deployed an explosives detection trace portal at the passenger security checkpoint in the A/B concourse of Palm Beach (Fla.) International Airport.