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2008 Archives

TSA Launches Millimeter Wave Technology at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Press Release
ATLANTA – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the launch of millimeter wave technology at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Millimeter wave detects weapons, explosives and other threat items concealed under layers of clothing without any physical contact.

TSA Expands Popular Family Lanes to Every Airport in America

Press Release
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of its popular family lane concept to every security checkpoint in America. This expansion comes weeks before the busy Thanksgiving travel season and will be complete by Thursday, Nov. 20.

Officers Discover Concealed Drugs in Passenger's Bag

As TSO Carmen Valverde operated an explosive detection system at Miami International Airport recently, three bags alarmed. Inside the bags, officers found evidence of tampering. Taped along the inside liner of each bag were thin-layered pouches filled with a white, powdery substance – five in all.

TSA and Continental Airlines Expand Paperless Boarding Pass Program to LaGuardia Airport

Press Release
NEW YORK – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Continental Airlines announced today the rollout of the Paperless Boarding Pass pilot program to LaGuardia Airport (LGA). This innovative approach will allow passengers to receive boarding passes electronically on their cell phones or PDAs, which will then be scanned by TSA security officers at the checkpoint, eliminating the need for a paper boarding pass.

TSA to Assume Watch List Vetting with Secure Flight Program

Press Release
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the issuance of the Secure Flight Final Rule, which shifts pre-departure watch list matching responsibilities from individual aircraft operators to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and carries out a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. By bringing watch list matching responsibilities in-house, TSA can better remedy possible misidentifications when a traveler's name is similar to one found on a watch list.

Security Incident at Islip McArthur Airport

Islip, NY — At approximately 7:46 am, suspicious items were discovered by a transportation security officer in the carry-on bags of a male passenger destined for Southwest flight 384 to Las Vegas.

Out of an abundance of caution, the checkpoint was closed at 7:50 and local police were notified. The bomb squad responded and has removed the suspicious items from the checkpoint area.

Additionally, the passenger's checked bags were also removed from the aircraft and taken into possession of the bomb squad.

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