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2013 Archives

TSA Announces Upcoming Airports to Offer TSA Pre✓™

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced five more airports will offer TSA Pre✓™, bringing the total number of airports participating to 40. By April 1, 2013, eligible passengers flying on participating airlines out of Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS), Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE), Memphis International (MEM), Nashville International (BNA) and Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) airports may receive TSA Pre✓™ benefits.

DHS to Support Security Operations for 57th Presidential Inaugural

Press Release

WASHINGTON— The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will support security operations for the 57th Presidential Inaugural, coordinating with federal, state and local agencies to secure transportation systems and protected sites surrounding the event. The U.S. Secret Service has primary responsibility for the coordination of security planning and implementation. In addition, the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will provide assets and personnel.

Administrator John S. Pistole Addressing the United States Conference of Mayors


(As prepared)

Thank you, Mayor Parker for those kind words of introduction, and thank you all for inviting me to join you here today.  As Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, I appreciate being able to meet with so many others who are dedicated to serving the American people, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your conversation. 

Security Effectiveness and Efficiency

In The News

“TSA has strict requirements that all vendors must meet for security effectiveness and efficiency.  Due to its inability to deploy non-imaging Automated Target Recognition (ATR) software by the Congressionally-mandated June 2013 deadline, TSA has terminated its contract with Rapiscan. 

“By June 2013 travelers will only see machines which have ATR that allow for faster throughput.  This means faster lanes for the traveler and enhanced security.  As always, use of this technology is optional.”

Administrator John S. Pistole at the International Aviation Club


Thank you, Natalie, for that gracious introduction and thank you all for inviting me to join you here today. As Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, I appreciate the opportunity to meet with industry members and stakeholders to discuss TSA’s mission.

Need for Removal of Shoes at Checkpoint

In The News

“TSA’s objective is to mitigate risk in a way that ensures security measures while both promoting the safe movement of people and commerce and guarding against a deliberate attack against our transportation systems.