TSA works with security partners at Super Bowl LI to ensure security

Thursday, February 9, 2017

TSA collaborated closely with law enforcement and intelligence agency partners to support security operations at Super Bowl LI in Houston over the weekend and ensured the safety and security of employees, players and fans during Super Bowl LI.

One hundred transportation security officers from across the country were deployed to two Texas area airports -- George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby International (HOU) – to assist with screening of passengers and fans arriving for the game and festivities. On Sunday, there was additional staff worked overnight to accommodate an increased number of flights at IAH.

On an average weekday, approximately 40,000 people are screened at IAH and about 14,500 passengers at HOU checkpoints. On Sunday evening and Monday following the Super Bowl, the number of travelers flying out of IAH was about 55,000 and about 22,500 out of HOU.

Additional explosives detection canine and visible intermodal prevention and response teams were also deployed at both airports as well as mass transit locations in the Houston area.

“The mood here was very upbeat, and all the planning we did with the airport and airlines really paid off. We repeatedly processed over 1,500 passengers in less than 6 minutes – a welcome surprise for travelers,” said HOU Federal Security Director Hector Vela. “Some passengers noted that it was the quickest they’ve been through security, and others even commented that they almost didn’t have time to pull out their identification while waiting in the queue.”