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2010 Archives

Religious Holiday of Sukkot

The travel period for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot is from September 19 through October 4, 2010.

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.

TSA and the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority Partner to Enhance Aviation Security

Press Release

MONROVIA, Liberia - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) today announced the successful implementation of cooperative efforts to enhance aviation security. Flights between the United States and Liberia could begin as early as fall 2010.

TSA Statement on American Airlines Flight 24

TSA was made aware of the alleged threat made via phone against American Airlines flight 24 (SFO-JFK) before take-off. Out of an abundance of caution, TSA requested the plane be moved to a remote location. Passengers were deplaned and interviewed by law enforcement. The aircraft was swept with negative findings and all passengers are safe.

Secretary Napolitano, TSA Administrator Pistole Launch “See Something, Say Something” Campaign for General Aviation

Press Release

OSHKOSH, Wis.—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole today launched two major enhancements to general aviation security—the general aviation component of DHS's nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign, and a streamlined system for vetting passengers and crew on general aviation aircraft entering and exiting the United States through a single, Department-wide process.

New TSA Administrator Visits Raleigh-Durham Airport, Highlights Top Goals for Agency

Press Release

RALEIGH, N.C. —John S. Pistole, the new Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today visited Raleigh-Durham International Airport, as he continues a series of visits to airports and transportation facilities. Speaking with TSA employees and airport and airline stakeholders, he outlined his top goals and priorities.