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TSA to Introduce New Technology for Access Control Enhancements

Press Release

Airports participating in the pilot include Boston, JFK, Denver, Orlando and Salt Lake City

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rear Adm. David M. Stone, USN (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), today announced the beginning of Phase II of the Airport Access Control Pilot Program in which TSA will test advanced technologies to enhance access control to secure areas of an airport. TSA will pilot the technologies in five international airports: Boston's Logan, New York's John F. Kennedy, Denver, Orlando and Salt Lake City. The technology will be deployed in June 2005 and the field tests will run through summer 2005.

TSA Response to the "Irregularities in the Development of the Transportation Security Operations Center" Inspector General Report

Press Release

"The Transportation Security Operations Center (TSOC) is a sophisticated command center that acts as the primary coordination point for multiple agencies dealing with transportation security on a daily basis. The events of 9/11 demonstrated the importance of instant communication among federal, state and local agencies in a crisis. This facility meets that critical need.

TSA to Begin Enforcement of Lighter Ban

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin enforcing a ban, beginning today, on all types of lighters from the secure areas of airports and onboard airplanes. The policy is in response to a requirement in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. TSA announced the ban in February and set aside 45 days to educate the traveling public about the ban.

Explosives Detection Trace Portal Deployed to San Francisco International Airport

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Starting today, a new explosives detection trace portal will be used to screen passengers at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in International Terminal at the Concourse G security checkpoint, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced. The equipment is part of a pilot program to test and evaluate the trace portal for screening passengers for explosives.

Explosives Detection Trace Portal Deployed to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that Phoenix Sky International Airport (PHX) will receive a new explosives detection trace portal to screen passengers at the new Terminal 4A security checkpoint, starting today. The equipment is part of a pilot program to test and evaluate the trace portal for screening passengers for explosives.

Explosives Detection Trace Portal Deployed to Miami International Airport

Press Release

MIAMI – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that Miami International Airport (MIA) will receive a new explosives detection trace portal to screen passengers at the Concourse E security checkpoint, starting today. Miami will be the tenth airport to participate in this pilot. The equipment is part of the Phase II pilot program to test and evaluate the trace portal for screening passengers for explosives.

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