A passenger on today's Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit spent an unusually long time in the aircraft lavatory. Due to this unusual behavior, the airline notified TSA and the agency directed the flight to taxi to a remote area upon landing to be met by law enforcement and DHS. The passenger in question, a Nigerian national, was removed from the flight and interviewed by the FBI; indications at this time are that the individual's behavior is due to legitimate illness, and no other suspicious behavior or materials have been found.
DHS Secretary Napolitano Statement on Northwest Flight 253
December 26, 2009
1:00 p.m. EST
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recognizes an outdated, unclassified version of a Standard Operating Procedures document was improperly posted by the agency to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site wherein redacted information was not properly protected. Once we were made aware, it was immediately taken down from the Web site and a full review by TSA’s Office of Inspection was initiated.
After 12 months of collaboration with the aviation industry, TSA issued revised Planning Guidelines and Design Standards for Checked Baggage Inspection Systems (PGDS) Version 3.0.
TSA and several partners recently conducted a Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) operation in Memphis to enhance security across several modes of transportation.
While TSA is mostly known for airport security, on November 6, the agency worked to assure the safety of the traveling public when a shooting broke out in downtown Orlando.