WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced operational pilot testing at several of the nation's largest airports of a technology capable of screening sealed bottled liquids for explosives. The first unit ready for pilot testing is called Fido® PaxPoint™ and is manufactured by ICx Technologies. Because the technology is performing well in pilot testing, TSA anticipates deploying up to 200 bottled liquid scanners to the nation's busiest airports in FY 2007.
$1,501,349 to Protect Transit System in Houston WASHINGTON – A $1,501,349 grant to the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) for improving rail security was announced today by John Sammon, assistant administrator of the Office of Transportation Sector Network Management (TSNM) at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
PITTSBURGH – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today presented a $928,250 grant to the Port Authority of Allegheny County to improve busway and bus garage security and to continue conducting employee training and emergency drills. Since 2003, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided approximately $4.3 million to Allegheny County through grants under the National Infrastructure Protection Program (NIPP), now administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Capabilities Division.
WASHINGTON – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Acting Federal Security Director Jim Sikes announced today a $578,799 grant to the Charlotte (N.C.) Area Transit System (CATS) to improve security at bus facilities at North Davidson and South Tryon streets and provide additional safety and security staff training. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to Charlotte is being administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Capabilities Division.
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Mel J. Carraway general manager for field operations, Office of Security Operations. In his new position he oversees more than 43,000 employees nationwide in approximately 450 airports. He previously served as federal security director of Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico and as acting general manager of field operations since January 2007. Under his leadership Albuquerque was named TSA's Airport of the Year for 2006.
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Gale Rossides acting deputy administrator. In her previous capacity, Rossides was the associate administrator for Business Transformation and Culture at TSA.
WASHINGTON (April 19, 2007) – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato testified today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection to stress the importance of a multi-layered, risk-based employee screening system to enhance the safety and security of U.S. airports.
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration, American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) and National Air Transportation Association (NATA) today announced plans to measurably maximize the effectiveness of screening employees at airports. The six-point plan to harden and bolster employee screening utilizes a risk-based approach.
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Kathleen (Lenz) Petrowsky as the federal security director (FSD) for Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). Petrowsky has been serving as the acting federal security director for ORD since November 2006. As FSD she oversees all TSA operations at O'Hare airport.
NEW YORK – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT), will begin testing advanced explosives detection technology today as part of the agency's Security Enhancement and Capabilities Augmentation Program (SEACAP). During the three-week pilot program, TSA will conduct explosives screening on passengers boarding the Staten Island Ferry at the St. George Terminal in Staten Island using passive millimeter wave screening equipment. The purpose of the project is to test the performance of new technologies to detect explosives while maintaining efficient passenger operations for high volume commuter ferries.