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Port of Anchorage Workers Begin Enrollment for Federal Security Credential

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Port and longshore workers, truckers and other maritime employees at the Port of Anchorage began enrolling today in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat. Nationwide, more than 1.2 million workers with unescorted access to secure areas will apply to the program.

Sandusky Port Workers Begin Enrollment for Federal Port Security Credential

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SANDUSKY, Ohio – Today, port workers, longshore workers, truckers and others at the Port of Sandusky will begin to enroll in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat.

Workers at Two Louisiana Ports Begin Enrollment for Federal Port Security Credential

Press Release
HOUMA, La. – Starting this week, port and longshore workers, truckers and others at the ports of Houma and Morgan City begin enrolling in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat.

TSA Launches Employee Screening Pilot Programs at Seven Airports

Press Release
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today launched 90-day employee screening pilots at seven airports as a requirement of the Omnibus Appropriations Act passed by Congress in January 2008. The legislation mandates examination of several types of employee screening in order to determine ways to enhance aviation security.

Port of Hueneme Workers Begin Enrollment for Federal Security Credential

Press Release
PORT HUENEME, Calif. - Port workers, longshoremen, truckers and others at the Port of Hueneme began enrolling last week in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat.

DHS Realigns TWIC Compliance Date

Press Release
WASHINGTON – The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that the final compliance date for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program will be April 15, 2009, which reflects a realignment of the Sept. 25, 2008 compliance date set in the final rule. The seven month extension is a direct result of collaboration with port officials and industry, and realigns the enrollment period with the original intent of the TWIC final rule.

TSA Approves Use of Tamper-Evident Bags for Duty Free Liquids for Flights Leaving the U.S.

Press Release
WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today its approval of security tamper-evident bags for the transportation of duty-free liquids, purchased post-TSA security, on flights departing the United States for international destinations. Tamper-evident bags must meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines.

TSA and Continental Airlines Expand Paperless Boarding Pass Program

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WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Continental Airlines announced today plans to continue the rollout of the Paperless Boarding Pass pilot program to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Newark (N.J.) International Airport and Logan International Airport in Boston over the coming weeks. 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. Continental is the first U.S. carrier to test paperless boarding passes.

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