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2008 Archives

Lee R. Kair Named Assistant Administrator for Security Operations

Press Release
WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Lee R. Kair as TSA's assistant administrator for Security Operations. In this role, Kair will be responsible for providing executive management of daily field operations for a workforce of approximately 48,000 employees at more than 450 airports nationwide.

TSA Launches Millimeter Wave Technology at Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Press Release
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today the launch of millimeter wave technology at the new Terminal 2 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). Millimeter wave detects weapons, explosives and other threat items concealed under layers of clothing without any physical contact.

TSA Response to Inspector General Report on Badges, IDs and Uniforms

The objective of a recently issued DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit was to determine whether TSA had policies, procedures and internal controls to manage and safeguard airport security badges, uniforms and identification cards for its employees.  For this audit, which commenced last year, OIG investigators visited five airports, where they interviewed TSA and airport operator personnel and observed airport operations.

TSA Announces Expansion of Self-Select Lanes to Newark Liberty International Airport

Press Release
NEWARK, N.J. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of its popular "Self-Select Lanes" to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Self-Select Lanes are comprised of a series of lanes designated by signage that directs passengers based on their travel needs and knowledge –Casual, for passengers who travel less frequently, but are familiar with the security process; and Family/Special Assistance, for passengers traveling with small children or strollers, elderly passengers and passengers who may need special assistance.

TSA, Police Cooperation Leads to Capture of Alleged Criminals

Police in Orlando, Fla., provided TSA with a photo of a suspect in a home invasion robbery and asked for assistance. Forty minutes later, TSA Behavior Detection Officer Raymond Llamas and TSO Eladio Bezares spotted Saul Pagan-Davila, 19, in the airport's food court.

TSA Proposes Large Aircraft Security Program

Press Release
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that it has transmitted to the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would strengthen the security of general aviation by further minimizing the vulnerability of aircraft being used as weapons or to transport dangerous people or materials. The proposed regulation would reduce the susceptibility of large aircraft misuse by individuals wishing to harm the United States and its citizens.

Religious Events of Sukkot

Airplane landing on runway TSA recognizes that the travel period for Sukkot, a significant event for persons of the Jewish faith, begins approximately on October 14, 2008, and ends approximately on October 20, 2008.

Vigilance Leads to Discovery of Hidden Weapon

With millions of passengers passing through the checkpoints every year, the job of a TSA officer requires constant vigilance. Every passenger, along with any carry-on bag and luggage, is screened thoroughly. In an incident at Florida’s Palm Beach International, an officer recently discovered a 3.5 inch knife artfully concealed inside a 9-inch metal kubotan in a passenger’s carry-on bag.

AMTRAK, TSA and Law Enforcement Officers Mobilize for Major Northeast Corridor Rail Security Operation

Press Release
WASHINGTON – Amtrak Office of Security Strategy and Special Operations (OSSSO), Amtrak Police, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel and officers from approximately 100 commuter rail, state, and local police agencies mobilized today for the largest joint, simultaneous Northeast rail security operation of its kind, involving 150 railway stations between Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Essex Junction, Vermont.