TSA supports security efforts at 2016 summer Olympics in Brazil

Monday, August 8, 2016

Modern Olympics are extraordinary events that draw massive crowds and international attention.  TSA is working to provide aviation security expertise and information in support of security operations in Rio de Janeiro, August 5 to 21.

TSA deployed 20 security professionals to Brazil to help staff joint operations and will be at airports with flights to the U.S. to help ensure aviation security.

“Our partnership with the Brazilian authorities and airlines is critical in ensuring the security of the traveling public,” said TSA Representative Jason Martin, who is leading TSA’s efforts in Rio. “We’ll be working around the clock to safeguard those traveling to the Olympics so they can enjoy the games at ease.”

Most of the games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, although soccer matches will be hosted in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo. All of these cities, with the exception of Salvador, have last-point-of-departure airline service to and from the United States.

Security efforts will be carried out in coordination with the U.S. Department of State, local airport management, U.S. aircraft operators and the Brazilian Department of Federal Police.

More than 200,000 Americans are expected to attend the games as spectators. Of these, 555 will be among the 10,500 competing athletes representing the U.S. teams.

Passengers traveling to the games are encouraged to have proper identification, pack properly and ensure there are no prohibited items. For questions, please contact the TSA Contact Center, Tweet @AskTSA or fb.com/AskTSA.