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2009 Archives

TSA Statement on ExpressJet Incident

Airlines, not TSA, make the decision on whether or not to deplane passengers if there is a delay or diversion. TSA has the ability to recall security officers and resume screening passengers after hours at the request of an airline or airport.

ExpressJet Airlines did not request after hours screening at Rochester airport on Friday night or Saturday morning. The checkpoint resumed normal operations at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.

TSA Hosts Global Security Conference

As people across the globe become increasingly interconnected, enhanced transportation networks and technology have made the old saying, "it's a small world" take on a more literal meaning. The Internet, telecommunications and transportation systems continue to evolve to offer individuals around the world more opportunities to communicate and travel.

TSA understands the importance of this international network and has made it a priority to work with our global partners to bolster security methods, sharing best practices and collaboratively address evolving threats.

Iced Tea Proves to be 'Acidic'

Each and every day, our officers discover a variety of prohibited items, most of them routine in nature. But sometimes a "good catch" really stands out, speaking volumes about the great work our Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) are doing.

On Aug. 4 at Long Beach (Calif.) Daugherty Field Airport, a supposedly factory-sealed, plastic-wrapped case of 12 ice tea bottles alarmed the CTX Explosive Detection Systems (EDS), requiring a physical inspection from a TSO. Closely scrutinizing the bottles, he determined they had been tampered with.

TSA to Begin Testing Imaging Technology at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Press Release
HOUSTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that it will begin testing two types of advanced imaging technology at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Imaging technologies quickly and unobtrusively screen passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats without physical contact.

TSA to Begin Testing Imaging Technology at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Press Release
CLEVELAND – TSA to Begin Testing Imaging Technology at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that it will begin testing two types of advanced imaging technology at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Imaging technologies quickly and unobtrusively screen passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats without physical contact.

TSA Begins Pilot Test of Explosives Detection Technology at Port Jefferson Ferry

Press Release
PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. – The Transportation Security Administration, in conjunction with the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, today begins a three-week pilot test of explosives screening of vehicles at the Port Jefferson Ferry Terminal. The pilot employs backscatter imaging technology to screen vehicles for explosives before they are driven onto the Port Jefferson-Bridgeport Ferry at Port Jefferson.

All in a Day’s Work: TSA VIPR Team Members Save Life of Transit Passenger

From the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service

While TSA is known mostly for airport security, we also work with transit agencies around the country to conduct random security operations at mass transit and passenger rail stations. On Saturday, July 18, more than a dozen of TSA’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams were on patrol for the grand opening weekend of Seattle’s new Light Rail system.

TSA Statement on Security Screening of Former President of India

On 21 April 2009, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was traveling aboard Continental Airlines flight 083 from Delhi to Newark. Dr. Kalam was required to undergo pre-board screening in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) regulatory requirements immediately prior to boarding the aircraft. TSA requires that all passengers and their accessible property are screened for any items listed on the prohibited items list.

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