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2010 Archives

TSA Statement on Potential Suspicious Packages

"This morning, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was made aware of potentially suspicious items on board cargo flights that landed safely at Newark Liberty and Philadelphia International airports. Out of an abundance of caution, local law enforcement evacuated the UPS cargo facilities at both airports and the planes were moved to remote locations where they were met by law enforcement officials. After security sweeps, the planes and their cargo have been cleared."

TSA Statement on New Pat-down Procedures

"TSA is in the process of implementing new pat-down procedures at checkpoints nationwide as one of our many layers of security to keep the traveling public safe. Pat-downs are one important tool to help TSA detect hidden and dangerous items such as explosives. Passengers should continue to expect an unpredictable mix of security layers that include explosives trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, among others."

Hajj Traveler Awareness: Know Before You Go

TSA understands that the Hajj is a significant religious event for Muslims and is one of the five pillars of Islam. Many observant Muslims perform Hajj, making a pilgrimage to Mecca and Madinah in Saudi Arabia.  Each year, more than a million pilgrims take part in the Hajj, including over ten thousand Americans. The travel period this year for the Hajj will likely commence several days or more before the onset of the pilgrimage (approximately November 14, 2010) and end several days or weeks after its conclusion (approximately November 21, 2010).

TSA Orlando Making a Difference in the Community

Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program called Team Care assisted more than 750 families who have children with life-threatening illnesses as they traveled through Orlando International Airport (MCO) during the past year. Such customer service is part of TSA's practice of assisting people with disabilities during the security screening process – similar to the enhanced support TSA extends to traveling wounded veterans and their families.

Administrator Pistole's Keynote Address at the Aero Club of Washington


Thank you for that kind introduction and thanks to the Aero Club for inviting me here today.

When preparing with my staff, I was impressed to learn that the Aero Club has been around for more than 100 years, with a legacy stretching all the way back to the Wright Brothers.