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2006 Archives

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on The Bombings in Mumbai

Press Release
The Department of Homeland Security is closely monitoring the bombings in Mumbai, India, as is the rest of the federal government. At this time, there is no specific or credible intelligence suggesting an imminent threat to the homeland or our transit systems. There are no plans to raise the nation’s threat level as a result of this atrocious act. We will work with individual transit agencies that may choose to increase their vigilance, as a matter of prudence, at this time. More generally, we continue to strengthen mass transit security throughout the country.

J. Mark Heisey Named Federal Security Director for Sioux Falls, S.D. Joe Foss Field

Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that J. Mark Heisey has been named Federal Security Director (FSD) at Joe Foss Field Airport at Sioux Falls, S.D. Heisey assumes the position, which has oversight over all TSA security operations at airports in South Dakota, after serving as Acting FSD since December 2005.

Transit Security Grant Program

Press Release
This is the first grant cycle since completion of the Department’s Second Stage Review last summer and our creation of a unified Preparedness Directorate. The preparedness mission transcends the entire Department. Our approach to preparedness aggregates critical assets within DHS to support our operating components and the work of our external partners to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from threats to America’s safety and security. The Directorate serves a strategic integration function of people, funding and programs.

TSA Names New Federal Security Directors for Houston Airports

Press Release
HOUSTON, Texas – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that Arthur J.Meinke has been named Federal Security Director (FSD) at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and James L. Marchand has been named FSD for William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). As FSDs, Meinke and Marchand will oversee all TSA security operations at Houston’s airports.

Karen Burke Named Federal Security Director at Washington National Airport

Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that Karen Burke has been named Federal Security Director (FSD) at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In that role, Burke will manage all TSA operations and initiatives at the airport.

Leave the Fireworks and Lighters at Home this July Fourth

Press Release
Bringing sparklers, bottle rockets and other fireworks to the airport can result in delays and monetary fines WASHINGTON, D.C. – In anticipation of the Fourth of July holiday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminds travelers that fireworks – including sparklers and bottle rockets – are prohibited in checked baggage and from passing through security checkpoints. Other common prohibited items include firearms, knives, pocketknives, lighters and box cutters. TSA security officers continue to intercept over 30,000 lighters a day nationwide, which results in delays for every passenger at the security checkpoint. Bringing prohibited items to the checkpoint can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and possible arrest and imprisonment.

Canine Program Graduates Bolster Ability to Detect Explosives at Airports, Mass Transit Systems

Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today the graduation of 24 members of its National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program. The teams are assigned to mass transit systems in Washington D.C. (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority); Chicago (Chicago Transit Authority) and San Diego (San Diego Trolley, Inc.); and airports in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dayton, Ohio, Ft. Myers, Fla., Buffalo, N.Y., Washington D.C., Norfolk, Va., Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland, Calif.