- (As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning and thank you. I appreciate the opportunity to join Director Zak, Administrator Huerta and Minister Singh on this morning’s panel. As we have seen in the dozen years the September 11, 2001 attacks, aviation security is a global concern, and one of the most effective tools we have in this fight is the cooperation among nations determined to protect the freedom of their citizens to travel, and to ensure the free flow of commerce that drives the world economy. Conferences such as this and the discussions we are having today are an important piece of those collaborative efforts.
- Good morning, thank you Deborah for the introduction, and thank you all for the gracious reception. I appreciate the opportunity to be with you this morning, and today I want to use my time to share some thoughts regarding the state of aviation security in North America and how we can continue working together to strengthen it in the most efficient way. In doing so, I will talk a little bit about what we at TSA see as the current threat environment in commercial aviation, and the programs and initiatives we are implementing to address those threats and mitigate the risks they represent.
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Good morning. Thank you Christian, for inviting me to join you here at George Washington University. Your commitment to studying, developing and recommending effective security policies closely aligns with the mandate under which the Transportation Security Administration operates every day. You are a valued partner, and your continued input is appreciated.
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Good day. Before I begin, I wish to thank His Highness Prince Fahd Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Saud and the staff of the General Authority of Civil Aviation for their work in organizing this conference, and for the gracious hospitality you have extended. I am particularly pleased to take part in an event such as this, because it underscores the importance of international collaboration and engagement to the ultimate success of our global aviation security efforts.
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.
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.
Good morning. Thank you, Phil (Lacombe), for the kind introduction, and thank you all for inviting me to help open the conference. Given the delay caused by last month’s devastating storm, I am pleased to see so many of you were able to adjust your schedules to be here today. Before I get started I would also like to thank Kerry Thomas and everyone at SARMA for helping build the strong relationship our two organizations enjoy. When it comes to advancing matters of national security, cooperation and collaboration are vital.
Good morning. Thank you, Chip (Barclay, AAAE president), for that kind introduction, and thank you for inviting me, once again, to meet and talk with so many colleagues actively working to improve and strengthen the aviation industry. That is an objective we share, and taking time to brainstorm and collaborate with each other at meetings such as this is valuable to the process.
Good morning. Thank you, Lee (Zak, USTDA Director), for that kind introduction, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to share some thoughts with all of you this morning. As you might guess, the subject of aviation security holds some significance for me, and I appreciate being able to discuss it in the context of trade and commerce, especially with partners as important to the United States of America as those represented here today.
Good afternoon. Thank you Minister Fletcher, and thank you all for joining us here at Ottawa’s MacDonald-Cartier International Airport. It is an honor to represent the United States for this important announcement.
I want to first express my thanks to Minister Steven Fletcher, and all of our friends and colleagues in the Canadian government for working with us to make this event possible.