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The TSA of Today

Friday, January 31, 2014
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Many of the TSA procedures and policies referenced in a recent opinion piece are no longer in place or are characterized inaccurately. Today’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) looks quite different. Today’s TSA has moved away from a one-size-fits-all approach, and toward a risk-based security posture to better execute our vital mission.

TSA’s top priority is to protect the traveling public, and every policy and security procedure in place is designed to mitigate threats to passengers and the aviation sector - which we know our adversaries continue to target. We are always taking steps to enhance our procedures, to most importantly stay ahead of evolving threats, and wherever possible to also improve the experience of the traveling public.

Today’s TSA is expedited screening for passengers 12 and under and over 75 and Wounded Warriors, as well as providing every military member the ability to utilize TSA Pre✓®.

Since implementing risk-based procedures in 2011, more than 55 million passengers have experienced some form of expedited security screening - dramatically different than the procedures of years past. You can learn more about our expedited screening opportunities, like TSA Pre✓® and how to apply, here.

Every passenger deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and TSA policy upholds this standard. TSA does not tolerate any form of unethical or unlawful behavior by its employees and takes swift disciplinary action if discovered.

In addition, over the last few years TSA has installed Automated Target Recognition software on every Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) unit in use, meaning the machines no longer produce or use passenger-specific images - and haven't for some time.

Most importantly, TSA has instituted one-step removal procedures in many cases for employees behaving unethically or unlawfully. We perform integrity testing every day to ensure the men and women entrusted to interact with the American public are honest and trustworthy. There is no room in today’s TSA for any employee who displays callous disregard for the dignity and respect of every single passenger.

Every day, TSA helps to screen nearly two million travelers across the United States, so they can take advantage of the opportunity to travel freely and securely from America’s airports. Today’s TSA will continue to uphold our high standards as we carry out our vital homeland security mission.

LuAnn Canipe, Assistant Administrator, Transportation Security Administration

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