El Paso International Airport unveils 9/11 artifact display

Local Press Release
Thursday, October 6, 2016

EL PASO, Tex. – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials at El Paso International Airport (ELP) today unveiled an artifact salvaged from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

“This piece of twisted aluminum is a powerful reminder of what we lost on 9/11 and of TSA’s ongoing mission to protect travelers every day,” said ELP TSA Federal Security Director Tim Berroyer. “We hope that the presence of this display also will serve to remind passengers that our officers continue to be committed to their safety.”

TSA at El Paso International Airport made the request for a 9/11 artifact to the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey in January. TSA at ELP was awarded the artifact—described as “aluminum trim from the tower façade cladding”—in April. The piece of aluminum, which is about 102 inches long and weighs about 15 pounds, is most likely from a window casing from one of the twin towers.

The lighted case that houses the artifact and graphics were provided by El Paso International Airport. The display is located on the lower level/passenger receiving area. The plaque reads, in part: “This piece of the World Trade Center is dedicated to the victims, heroes, and all those impacted by the attacks on September 11, 2001. We will never forget.”