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2011 Archives

TSA Announces Key Enhancements To Contact Center Procedures

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced through a notice in the Federal Register that individuals who contact the TSA Contact Center (TCC) to report suspicious activity will now receive a tracking number as confirmation of their phone call or email—fulfilling a key requirement of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 and providing improved follow-up tools for both TSA and the reporting individual.

TSA Names Donald Drummer Federal Security Director for Newark Liberty International Airport

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today named Donald Drummer as Federal Security Director (FSD) for Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Drummer has been Acting Federal Security Director at Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) since February 2011 and prior to that position served as Deputy Federal Security Director at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) beginning in January 2010.

Security Awareness for Passover Travel

As the Jewish Passover holiday begins, TSA anticipates an increase in passengers traveling with religious items, including handmade matzoh, in celebration of the holiday. Our workforce is aware of these unique items and religious practices passengers may engage in while traveling. This may include travelers reading religious text or participating in prayer rituals. Observant travelers may be wearing a head covering, prayer shawl, and phylacteries -- in Hebrew, kippah, tallit, and tefillin. The tefillin consist of two black leather boxes and straps to hold them.

Crewmember Identity Verification Program To Begin Testing

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), and the Air Transport Association (ATA) met recently with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole and received approval from TSA for testing of a new crewmember screening system. This enhanced identity and employment verification system for airline pilots will make airport checkpoint screening more efficient for all who depend on air transportation.

TSA Administrator Meets with Key Officials in Switzerland and Belgium to Strengthen International Air Cargo Security

Press Release

WASHINGTON – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole returns today from a three-day trip to Switzerland and Belgium, where he discussed supply chain security efforts with international cargo organizations and government officials. Administrator Pistole also delivered the keynote address before the World Customs Organization (WCO), and met with international counterparts in both countries.

TSA Administrator Pistole’s Prepared Remarks to the World Customs Organization

Speech

Good morning. It is a privilege to be here today.

I’d like to begin by thanking Secretary General Mikuriya and the World Customs Organization for their great fellowship and dedication to international security. It’s an honor to be with you today, and I thank you for your commitment to these important issues.

We come together today with a shared dedication to protecting a freedom on which we all depend – the freedom of movement and worldwide commerce.

TSA Awards New Aviation Channeling Services Provider Agreement

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced channeling service provider agreements with three award recipients: American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), L-1 and Telos ID. Through aviation channeling service providers, employee data is collected and submitted to TSA to conduct employee threat assessments necessary to work in an aviation environment.

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