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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


Submitted by Anonymous on

Did people stop commenting on this lame propaganda or are you censoring posts again, blotter team?

Submitted by Vipul Patel on

I sure am glad the TSA pulled my 6 year old son aside to pat him down and go through his back pack. I was suspicious of him up to that point. Thank you TSA, we are all safer now.

Submitted by Android Games A... on

Oh, my the screening/ pat down I recieved in Hawaii was so not right. She should have been fired, this was in 2012. Hopefully she is no longer with TSA,

Submitted by Angry on

My husband and I both went through the channels to get our TSA pre-check and paid $85 each for the privilege of using it. But at large airports I went through the check and after I get through to the other side a beep sound and I am informed that I was selected for a random search. Well, the check at Chicago airport was bearable and the one in Denver was also bearable. The smaller airport in Loveland/Fort Collins airport was NOT! I got checked into the crotch area and across my groin several times. All of which was rude and unnecessary and I was offended. I had no idea it would be that invasive. The thing I can't help but wonder if why am I being Randomly Selected so often while people I know travel by plane a lot more than I do and have never been Randomly Selected. They are White while I am Hispanic is that the reason??? There doesn't seem to be any real clarity as to why or how that determination is made?? I went through a search of my background and fingerprints to name a few points to get my TSA pre-check and what good was it??? The color of my skin determines if I am a good person or not?? REALLY!!

Submitted by West Cooper on

Angry, I apologize that you had a bad experience during your travels. Please reach out to TSA at @AskTSA on Twitter, or by Facebook Messenger.

If you would like more ways to visit and communicate with TSA, please visit our TSA Contact Page.

TSA Blog Team