TSA finds security at Port-au-Prince International Airport meets international standards

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National Press Release
Tuesday, July 18, 2006

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that the Port-au-Prince International Airport in Haiti now maintains and carries out effective security measures. This determination is based on recent assessments by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which reveal that security measures used at the airport now meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards.

Accordingly, the DHS is removing the public notification requirements imposed on December 22, 2004 and directs all United States airports to remove signs posted regarding Port-au-Prince International Airport. In view of this finding, DHS has directed air carriers issuing tickets for travel between the United States and Port-au-Prince International Airport that notification of ticket
purchasers is no longer necessary.

Title 49 of the U.S. Code, Section 44907, requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, through TSA, to conduct security assessments at foreign airports. If the Secretary of Homeland Security determines that security at an airport is not effective, he is required to notify the foreign government of the findings and recommend corrective action. TSA representatives assisted airport authorities in bringing Port-au-Prince International Airport up to international standards. Now that the Government of Haiti has made the appropriate corrective actions, the Secretary of Homeland Security has notified Haitian government officials that the public notification requirements are being lifted.