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2007 Archives

DHS Announces Additional $260 Million in Supplemental Grants Funding

Press Release
WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released today supplemental Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 grant guidance and application kits for three grant programs: FY 2007 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), FY 2007 Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), and FY 2007 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program. The supplemental announcement of $260 million is in addition to $567 million awarded recently under these programs, totaling roughly $827 million this fiscal year.

DHS Announces Predeparture Screening Of International Passengers And First Step Toward Secure Flight

Press Release
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today steps that will strengthen aviation security through uniform and consistent passenger prescreening against government watch lists. DHS is publishing two regulations which will initiate these changes: (1) Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) Predeparture Final Rule, which enables DHS to collect manifest information for international flights departing from or arriving in the United States prior to boarding; and (2) Secure Flight Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), which lays out DHS plans to assume watch list matching responsibilities from air carriers for domestic flights and align domestic and international passenger prescreening. Both programs carry out 9/11 Commission recommendations.

TSA Announces Testing of New Passenger Imaging Technologies at Security Checkpoints

Press Release
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today contract awards to begin testing millimeter wave imaging machines, as well as additional backscatter machines, at airport security checkpoints in Phoenix, Los Angeles, and New York-JFK in the coming months. These passenger imaging technologies enable TSA to screen passengers for prohibited items on their person quickly, unobtrusively and without physical contact, detecting weapons, explosives and other metallic and non-metallic threat items concealed under layers of clothing.

Keynote Address to the Aero Club of Washington


Aero Club of Washington
Luncheon at Capital Hilton Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Thank you for inviting me. It is a great pleasure to be with all of you today.

A special recognition goes out to Marion Blakey. Marion has been a great partner at the FAA and a good friend. I think history is going to show her to be a great leader at a critical time for the agency. It’s too early for her to take a victory lap, but all of us at TSA are better off for her contributions, so thank you Marion.

TSA Announces Procedural Changes at the Checkpoint: Common Lighters No Longer Banned from Carry-ons, Breast Milk Exemption Modified

Press Release
WASHINGTON – In an effort to concentrate resources on detecting explosive threats, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced it will no longer enforce the ban on common lighters in carry-on luggage. Torch lighters will continue to be banned in carry-ons. The agency collects more than 22,000 lighters a day which represents a high percentage of all prohibited items surrendered at checkpoints nationwide. The measures will be implemented on August 4th.