TSA Statement on Aviation Security Measures

Thursday, December 23, 2010

"The United States continues to take steps to ensure that we remain vigilant. While there is no information related to any specific or imminent threat, TSA is carefully monitoring information related to terrorist tactics and working with our international partners to share information and security best practices. The possible tactics terrorists might use include the concealment of explosives inside insulated beverage containers, so in the coming days, passengers flying within and to the U.S. may notice additional security measures related to insulated beverage containers. While such items are not being banned from travel, TSA Officers have been trained to detect a variety of threats including the concealment of explosives in common items.

TSA will continue to deploy risk-based security measures and work with our international, federal, state, local and private sector partners to protect the traveling public. Security measures will be both seen and unseen, including the increased use of explosive detection technology, canine teams and Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams. TSA will also continue to utilize Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines, magnetometers and pat downs at security checkpoints and deploy Behavior Detection Officers (BDO) as an additional layer of security.

We must also remember that our security approach starts long before a traveler arrives at the airport with the Secure Flight Program, which requires airlines to collect a passenger’s full name, date of birth, and gender so TSA can check passenger information against watch lists prior to issuing a boarding pass. As always, the safety and security of the American people is our highest priority and we ask the public to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to their local authorities."