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2008 Archives

Man’s Intent to Conceal Illegal Drugs Revealed by Behavior Detection Officer

A passenger flying out of Baltimore on Aug. 1 found out the hard way that if you hide something that won’t set off the metal detectors – even in a place as secure as your wallet – it will get caught if it is not supposed to be there.

A behavior detection officer who saw the passenger exhibiting suspicious behavior referred him for additional screening. During a thorough search of the passenger and his belongings, a small baggie with a suspicious looking brown substance was found tucked away in the man’s wallet.

TSA at Dallas/Fort Worth Quickly Net Two Guns

Two guns were found within three hours at two checkpoints at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on July 17.

About 10 a.m. at checkpoint C-31, Transportation Security Officer Joanne Migot saw the image of a handgun in a carry-on bag appear on the X-ray monitor. Later at checkpoint C-21, 200 yards away, a similar situation unfolded for Officer Yvette Holloway.

Both cases involved female passengers, who were arrested by local law enforcement for recklessly attempting to enter the sterile area with a firearm.

Traveling to the Beijing Olympics?

Official logo of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, ChinaWhen departing the United States for China:

  • Make sure to abide by the 3-1-1 rule; all liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on luggage must be three ounces or less and must fit comfortably in a one-quart sized bag.

Update on Verified Identity Pass, Inc. Clear®'s Missing Computer

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WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the loss of a Clear®-owned laptop computer on July 26 that contained unencrypted data of approximately 33,000 customers.

TSA has verified that a laptop was discovered by Clear® officials yesterday at San Francisco International Airport. It was voluntarily surrendered to TSA officials for forensic examination.

TSA Ready for 'Checkpoint Friendly' Laptop Bags

Press Release

WASHINGTON – To help streamline the security process and better protect laptops, starting August 16 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow passengers to leave their laptop computers in bags that meet new "checkpoint friendly" standards.

TSA Suspends Verified Identity Pass, Inc. Clear® Registered Traveler Enrollment

Press Release
WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that it is suspending Verified Identity Pass, Inc. (VIP) - the company that operates Registered Traveler (RT) programs under the brand name Clear® - from enrolling new applicants in RT due to vulnerabilities discovered in the company's storage of Clear® applicants' sensitive personal information. The vulnerabilities came to light after an unencrypted VIP laptop computer was discovered to be missing from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on July 26. The computer contained pre-enrollment records of approximately 33,000 customers.

FBI and TSA Conclude Major Terrorism and Transportation Conference in New York

Press Release
New York – This week over 700 law enforcement personnel, intelligence professionals, and private sector officials attended the Terrorism and Transportation Conference convened in New York, NY, hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This four-day conference was held to bring together terrorism first responders, private industry representatives, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) experts. The event was the largest-ever sponsored by the FBI and TSA to jointly address terrorism and transportation.