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2009 Archives

Officer's 'Great Observation' Nets Large Drug Find

By Nico Melendez, Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs

Law enforcement officials are calling a TSO's recent discovery at California's John Wayne Airport one of the "largest finds." It was more than four pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $60,000.

After a passenger wearing baggy clothing cleared the walk-through metal detector, TSO Roland Martinez directed the man to secondary screening. As Martinez performed a bulk item pat-down, he felt a "large object in the upper inner thigh area," according to the incident report.

TSO Novelist Inspired by Colleagues

TSO Novelist Inspired by Colleagues

By Carrie Harmon, Office of Strategic Communications/Public Affairs

TSO Kay George not only enjoys her part-time job at Wichita (Kan.) Mid-Continent Airport, but credits her colleagues with rekindling her writing career.

George self-published her first novel, “take in a Stranger,” in 2002. When she joined TSA a year ago, she had finished a second novel but had not looked for a publisher.

One Million Workers Now Enrolled in Vital Port Security Program

Press Release
One Million Workers Now Enrolled in Vital Port Security Program WASHINGTON – One million port and longshore workers, truckers and others at ports across the nation have enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a known security threat.

BDO Thanks TSA Buffalo for Support During Deployment

March 3, 2009

David DiTullio (left) with Federal Security Director Derek (Rick) DiPietro.

Expert Behavior Detection Officer David DiTullio recently thanked his TSA co-workers and leadership at Buffalo Niagara (N.Y.) International Airport for their support while he was deployed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Palm Beach Officer Rescues Man From Wreckage

By Mike McCann, deputy assistant FSD for screening, Palm Beach (Fla.) International Airport

TSO Etna Rizzo

In a daring rescue, TSO Etna Rizzo pulled an injured man out of a car after it flipped over and landed on the side of the road.