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2008 Archives

Joint Statement by TSA and American Eagle

WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Security Administration and American Eagle share the same security goals. The airline is a valued partner and has an excellent overall record for security practices. TSA and American Eagle are working together to achieve the right security results and resolve any security gaps that have occurred.

Kip Hawley,

Peter Bowler,
CEO American Eagle

Break-in at Neighbor's Brings TSO Running

A supervisory transportation security officer at Port Columbus (Ohio) International Airport did not hesitate to help a neighbor endangered by two men who broke into her house and were stealing handguns.

Stuart Cottrill was at home when his neighbor, Rhonda Cook, was called by her burglar alarm service, warning that an alarm had gone off in her home. She was at a local pool chaperoning her and Cottrill's daughters. As they rushed home, Cook's daughter called Cottrill just before they arrived home.

Open Communications Key to CAIR Visit at Los Angeles

Los Angeles Assistant Deputy Federal Security  Director Jason Pantages briefs CAIR's Ameena Mirza Qazi.Recognizing the value of stakeholder and passenger relations is one of the cornerstones of TSA. A recent visit to TSA’s operations at Los Angeles International Airport by a representative from the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) provided an opportunity for open dialogue and a better understanding.

TSA and North Carolina Department of Transportation Begin Pilot Test of Explosives Detection Technology at Cherry Branch Ferry

Press Release
Havelock, N.C. – The Transportation Security Administration, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, today begins a four-week pilot test of explosives screening of vehicles at the Cherry Branch Terminal. The pilot employs backscatter imaging technology to screen vehicles for explosives before they are driven onto the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach Ferry near Havelock.

"Checkpoint Friendly" Laptop Bag Procedures

Starting Aug. 16, 2008 TSA began to allow laptops to remain in bags meeting "checkpoint friendly" guidelines. Not all laptop bags are "checkpoint friendly" (see images below).

Vigilance, Teamwork Help in Fugitive Capture

A man wanted for federal immigration violations attempted to board a flight with fraudulent ID and was intercepted at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., by Transportation Security Officer Kimberly Pike after she recognized that the state card he presented was not valid.

Pike, who was checking travel documents, notified Acting Supervisory TSO Karen Hedberg, who contacted law enforcement.

TSO Rescues Boy From Assailants

On her way home from work recently, Transportation Security Officer Julie Marzioni of Orlando Sanford (Fla.) International Airport made a quick decision that may well have saved the life of a 12-year-old boy.

Driving through a residential neighborhood, Marzioni came across several young men of high school age who had surrounded the boy and beat him in the street. Without hesitating and without regard for her own safety, Marzioni stopped her car to save the boy, who was on the ground covered in blood from being punched and kicked.

TSA Launches Second Enrollment Site for Federal Port Security Credential to Meet Demand in Houston

Press Release
HOUSTON – Port and longshore workers, truckers and others who require unescorted access to the Port of Houston are now able to enroll for the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) at a second enrollment site to meet the high demand in the area. 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.

Behavior Detection Leads to Four Arrests in a Single Day

The actions of TSA's behavior detection officers (BDOs) on Aug. 4 led to four arrests and one detention in 24 hours.

At Oakland (Calif.) International Airport, a passenger's suspicious behavior caught the attention of a BDO who referred the passenger for secondary screening. There, transportation security officers found what was later confirmed to be heroin. The passenger was arrested for possession by local law enforcement.

Not on a List If You Forget Your ID

Fake Virginia Driver's LicenseThrough a program called WebEOC, TSA collects information about incidents at airport checkpoints. It is used to identify data points of significant security value.