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2009 Archives

Federal Air Marshal Service Selects Michael R. Novak as Deputy Director

Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the selection of Michael R. Novak as Deputy Assistant Administrator/Deputy Director for the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (OLE/FAMS), effective Sept. 13, 2009.

AMTRAK, TSA and Local Law Enforcement Deploy Across Northeast Corridor Rail Stations

Press Release
WASHINGTON – During today's morning and evening commutes, Amtrak Police, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel and law enforcement officers from more than 100 federal, state, local, rail and transit police agencies are being deployed at approximately 150 passenger rail stations throughout the Northeast Corridor region in an exercise of expanded counterterrorism and incident response capabilities.

TSA and Continental Airlines Expand Paperless Boarding Pass Program as San Francisco International Airport Begins Pilot

Press Release
SAN FRANCISCO - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Continental Airlines announced today the expansion of the Paperless Boarding Pass pilot program at San Francisco International Airport. The program allows passengers to receive boarding passes electronically on their cell phones or PDAs, which are then scanned by TSA security officers at the checkpoint. The need for a paper boarding pass is eliminated.

Private Screening Contract Awarded for Seven Airports in Montana

Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the selection of Trinity Technology Group of Fairfax, Va., as the private screening contractor for seven airports in Montana under the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). The seven airports are Frank Wiley Field (MLS); Sidney Richland Regional (SDY); Dawson Community Airport (GDV); L.M. Clayton Airport (OLF); Wokal Field (GGW); Havre City County Airport (HVR); and Lewistown Municipal Airport (LWT).

Travel Document Screening Technology

Travel document screening technologies automatically verify passenger boarding passes and IDs that are presented to TSA by passengers during the security checkpoint screening process.

TSA is exploring new ways to ensure the validity of travel documents to make travel safer for all passengers and will test four types of these technologies at two airports (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) for approximately two weeks.

TSA and Continental Airlines Expand Paperless Boarding Pass Program, San Diego International Airport Begins Pilot

Press Release
SAN DIEGO - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Continental Airlines announced today the expansion of the Paperless Boarding Pass pilot program at San Diego International Airport. The program will allow passengers to receive boarding passes electronically on their cell phones or PDAs, which will then be scanned by TSA security officers at the checkpoint and eliminate the need for a paper boarding pass.

TSA Brings Latest Explosives Detection Technology to Tunica Airport

Press Release
TUNICA, Miss. - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the deployment of a Reveal Explosives Detection System (EDS) machine for screening checked baggage at Tunica Airport (UTA). Traffic at the airport has increased 33 percent year-over-year and the advanced technology will offer passengers a quicker and easier check-in process and improve overall security.

TSA's Secure Flight Program Enters Next Public Phase

Press Release
Passengers to provide date of birth and gender when booking airline travel WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that beginning August 15 U.S. airlines participating in the Secure Flight passenger vetting program may begin asking passengers to enter their date of birth and gender when making airline reservations. TSA has already begun to phase the airlines into the Secure Flight program and will complete domestic implementation by early 2010. If a passenger is not prompted to provide this additional information by a particular airline, they should not be concerned as it will not impact their travel. Since Secure Flight is a behind the scenes watch list matching process that happens before passengers arrive at the airport, current security checkpoint procedures remain the same.

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