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2009 Archives

TSA and the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority to Test Explosives Detection Technology

Press Release
FALMOUTH, Mass. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in partnership with the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, will begin testing advanced explosives detection technology today as part of TSA's Security Enhancement and Capabilities Augmentation Program (SEACAP). During the three-week pilot program, TSA will conduct explosives screening on passenger vehicles boarding the Martha's Vineyard ferry at the Woods Hole Terminal in Falmouth. The purpose of the project is to test the performance of new technologies to detect explosives while maintaining efficient operations for high-volume ferries.

Spanish Delegation Learns How TSA Carries Out Mission

A six-person aviation security delegation from Spain visited TSA headquarters the week of Sept. 28 to become familiar with how the agency carries out its mission. The delegation included members of the newly created Agency for Aviation Safety and Security, the Airports Authority and two national law enforcement bodies: the National Police and Guardia Civil.

TSA Names Federal Security Director for JFK International Airport

Press Release
NEW YORK – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the selection of Michael A. Scott as Federal Security Director (FSD) for John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). As FSD, he will oversee all TSA operations at the airport.

Religious Holiday of Sukkot

The travel period for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot begins approximately on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, and ends approximately on Tuesday, October 13, 2009.

Observant Jewish travelers may carry four plants – a palm branch, myrtle twigs, willow twigs, and a citron – in airports and through security checkpoints. These plants are religious articles and may be carried either separately or as a bundle. Jewish travelers may be observed in prayer, shaking the bundle of plants in six directions.