TSA leadership testifies on transportation security for commercial air travel to Cuba

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TSA Assistant Administrator Paul Fujimura and TSA Representative Larry Mizell testified Tuesday, May 17, before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation Security in a hearing titled, “Flying Blind: What are the Security Risks of Resuming U.S. Commercial Air Service to Cuba?”.

During the hearing, Fujimura and Mizell discussed how TSA assesses Cuban airports to ensure their compliance with international security standards for baggage and passenger screening. Cuba must continue to meet these standards before they will be able to resume scheduled commercial air service to the United States.

Once scheduled commercial air service resumes, TSA will continue to vet all passengers traveling from Cuba through the Secure Flight program, and adjust deployment of Federal Air Marshals to guarantee all flights from Cuba to the U.S. meet our highest standards of security.

Mizell also discussed the work he has done so far with the government of Cuba to “share with them best practices and lessons learned” and ensure that any security deficiencies discovered at their airports are remedied.

To learn more, read the testimony or watch the webcast.