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DHS achieves trusted traveler program milestones

Press Release

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently achieved two major milestones for its trusted traveler programs. The Transportation Security Administration Pre✓™ application program, which began in December 2013, has now enrolled more than half a million travelers. Additionally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has enrolled more than three million users in their trusted traveler programs: Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI.

Additional TSA Pre✓™ application center now open at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Press Release

ATLANTA — The Transportation Security Administration and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) today announced the opening of an additional application site for TSA Pre✓™, an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag. TSA is currently in the process of expanding to more than 300 application centers across the country.

TSA Pre✓™ application center now open at San Francisco International Airport

Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO — The Transportation Security Administration and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) today announced the opening of an application site for TSA Pre✓™, an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag. TSA is currently in the process of expanding to more than 300 application centers across the country.

TSA discovers loaded firearm at Memphis International Airport

Press Release

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm at a Memphis International Airport (MEM) checkpoint Sunday morning. 

At approximately 9 a.m. July 20, a loaded .40 Smith & Wesson was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag. TSA immediately alerted airport police, who took possession of the bag and cited the passenger on local charges.

While firearms may be transported in checked baggage — provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded — they are prohibited in carry-on bags.

TSA Pre✓™ application center now open at Denver International Airport

Press Release

DENVER — The Transportation Security Administration and Denver International Airport (DIA) today announced the opening of an application site for TSA Pre✓™, an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag. TSA is currently in the process of expanding to more than 300 application centers across the country.

Enhanced security measures at certain airports overseas

Press Release

Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.

TSA Pre✓™ application center now open at Palm Beach International Airport

Press Release

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Transportation Security Administration and Palm Beach International Airport today announced the opening of an application site for TSA Pre✓™, an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag. TSA is currently in the process of expanding to more than 300 application centers across the country.

Three men arrested at JFK Airport with expandable batons

Press Release

NEW YORK — Transportation Security Administration officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) detected batons in the carry-on baggage of two men, and in the checked bag of a third man, in separate incidents within a two-hour period June 30. All three individuals were arrested by law enforcement.

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