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TSA Issues Advisory for Travel to Venezuela

Press Release
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced that the agency has been unable to assess security measures at international airports in Venezuela that serve as the last point of departure for nonstop flights to the United States. Venezuela has refused multiple requests to allow for such assessments, which are required by U.S. law, and the agency is taking action to warn travelers of this security deficiency.

TSA Deployment Team Returns to New Orleans

Photo of a TSO working with passengers Louis Armstrong New Orleans International AirportTSA officers and staff who were deployed to New Orleans to help passengers evacuate in advance of Gustav are returning today to prepare for the resumption of commercial service at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The first flights are scheduled to depart tomorrow morning.

TSA Responds to Gustav

Photo of the projected path of Tropical Storm Gustav through the Caribbean.Just as TSA took action to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav, the workforce - who evacuated yesterday after screening nearly 33,000 residents in 48 hours - is now preparing to return to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to resume operations once the airport is reopen.

Chicago Officers Discover Two Guns in Three Days

Within three days this summer, three security officers discovered two guns at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

On Aug. 2, a passenger was arrested for attempting to carry a .25 caliber firearm through the checkpoint. During on-the-job training with TSO Jessica Buelow at the X-ray machine, TSO Nikki Cosentino discovered the firearm. The passenger was arrested by Chicago police, charged with attempting to board a plane with a weapon and sentenced to 24 months of probation.

Maritime Security Pilot Underway in North Carolina

Photo of a car driveing through the backscatter portal (main image) and TSA officers evaluate the images.Backscatter imaging technology – security screening technology already used at airports – is finding a new use in the maritime environment at a North Carolina ferry terminal. On Aug.