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TSA Announces Refinements To Security Measures - Agency Adjusts Liquid Ban, Aviation Threat Level Remains High

Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today it is adjusting its total ban on liquids, gels and aerosols effective Tuesday, September 26. There are two significant changes: Travelers will be allowed to carry travel-size toiletries (3 ounce or less) that fit comfortably in ONE quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag through security checkpoints. Travelers may also bring items, including beverages, purchased in the secure, boarding area on-board the aircraft.

TSA Issues Draft Security, Privacy and Compliance Standards for Registered Traveler Program

Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released draft Security, Privacy and Compliance Standards for Sponsoring Entities and Service Providers for the industry-driven Registered Traveler program. The draft standards have been posted to the Registered Traveler homepage on TSA.gov and are open for a two-week public comment period. Ultimately, these standards will help to direct Registered Traveler vendors on how to enroll participants, validate their biometric and biographical information, maintain privacy, and operate the program in compliance with government requirements.

Canine Program Surpasses 425 Teams Nationwide with Latest Group of 11 Graduates

Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today the graduation of 11 members of its National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program. The teams are assigned to airports in West Palm Beach, Fla.; St Louis; Ontario, Calif.; San Juan, P.R.; and Cleveland; and the mass transit system in Philadelphia.

The System Worked: TSA Security Officers Respond to Threat in Huntington

Press Release
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security officers acted swiftly and responded appropriately when two containers of liquid in a carry-on bag brought by a passenger at the Huntington Tri-State Airport (HTS) tested positive for explosive residues. At 9:15 a.m., Thursday, August 17 Transportation Security Officers (TSO) Joshua Messinger and Clifford Barker discovered the residues while screening bottles filled with liquid substances. Last week, TSA banned liquids and gels on commercial aircraft.

TSA Security Officers Discover Explosive Residue At The Checkpoint

Press Release
HUNTINGTON, W. VA. - Two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security officers discovered explosive residues on two containers of liquid in a carry-on bag brought by a passenger at the Huntington Tri-State Airport (HTS). At 9:15 a.m. this morning Transportation Security Officer (TSO) Joshua Messinger and TSO Clifford Barker discovered the residues while screening bottles filled with liquid substances. Last week, TSA banned liquids and gels on commercial aircraft.

TSA Adjusts Latest Ban Without Compromising Security

Press Release
SECURITY LEVEL REMAINS THE SAME, TSA REFINES AND CLARIFIES BAN •Small doses of liquid medications permitted •Shoes removal required •Low blood sugar treatments including glucose gel for diabetics permitted •Clarifications include: aerosols prohibited, solid lipstick and baby food permitted.

DHS Adjusts Threat Level From Red To Orange For In-Bound Flights From The U.K.

Press Release
Threat Level Remains High; U.S. and U.K. Align Threat Levels WASHINGTON, D.C. – Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an adjustment in the aviation threat level from RED to ORANGE for flights from the United Kingdom to the United States. There will not be any operational changes for domestic flights in the United States. Thus, the U.S. threat level remains at ORANGE, or 'High,' for all domestic and international flights. The ban on liquids and gels in carry on baggage remains in full effect.

Remarks By Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, FBI Director Robert Mueller And Assistant Secretary For TSA Kip Hawley

Speech
SECRETARY CHERTOFF: Good morning. We'd like to provide you with the latest information that we have on recent events in the United Kingdom, and an update on the actions that we are taking to protect our citizens and to keep air travel safe and secure. We want to be as open as possible with the public about the facts; at the same time, it's important, I'm sure you'll understand, that we preserve confidentiality of matters that are necessary in order to complete this investigation. And we also have to respect the demands of the British legal process, which puts certain restrictions on what can be said about ongoing cases.

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