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TSA Announces Advanced Imaging Technology Deployments at Additional U.S. Airports

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced eight airports which are set to receive recently purchased millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units. The machines will be deployed with new automated target recognition (ATR) software designed to enhance privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images while improving throughput capabilities and streamlining the checkpoint screening process.

Hajj Traveler Awareness: Know Before You Go

TSA understands that the Hajj is a significant event for Muslims and is one of the five pillars of Islam. Many observant Muslims perform Hajj, 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 dates for Hajj this year are November 4 to November 9, 2011. The travel period this year will commence a few weeks before Hajj and end several weeks after its conclusion. 

Quick Tips to Prepare for Travel During Hajj

Religious Holiday of Sukkot

The travel period for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot is from October 11 through October 21, 2011.

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 Announces Advanced Imaging Technology Deployments at U.S. Airports

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced 29 airports which are set to receive recently purchased millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines. The machines will be deployed with new automated target recognition software designed to enhance privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images while improving throughput capabilities and streamlining the checkpoint screening process.

TSA Announces Purchase of New Document Assessment Technology

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced it will purchase and pilot new technologies designed to provide TSA greater ability to identify altered or fraudulent passenger identification credentials and boarding passes in order to further enhance travel safety. TSA plans to test the technology at select airports in early 2012.

9th Annual TSA Coalition Conference

The 9th Annual TSA Coalition Conference was held at TSA Headquarters September 7th, 2011. The conference was sponsored by TSA’s Office of the Special Counselor, which includes the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties and the Office of Disability Policy and Outreach. The TSA Disability Coalition and the Multi-Cultural Coalition includes leaders from organizations representing various religious, cultural, and disability communities.

TSA Announces $44.8 Million for Additional Advanced Imaging Technology at U.S. Airports

Press Release

WASHINGTON – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole today announced approximately $44.8 million for the purchase of 300 millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for deployment to airports nationwide – further strengthening security at U.S. airports. The machines purchased today will be deployed with new automated target recognition software –designed to enhance passenger privacy by eliminating passenger-specific images while improving throughput capabilities of the technology and streamlining the checkpoint screening process.

TSA Administrator John S. Pistole, CSIS: Evolution of Aviation Security since 9/11 - Washington, DC

Speech

Remarks As Prepared for Delivery
TSA Administrator John S. Pistole
CSIS: Evolution of Aviation Security since 9/11
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Center for Strategic and International Security
Washington, DC

For Posting

Good morning. Thank you Ozzie, for inviting me to spend some time with all of you this morning, and for giving me the opportunity to talk about the evolution of aviation security in America during the 10 years that have passed since September 11, 2001.

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