The Transportation Security Administration and the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority yesterday announced the successful implementation of cooperative efforts to enhance aviation security, with flights beginning between the United States and Liberia as early as fall 2010.
TSA has worked closely with LCAA to adopt the necessary security protocols for sustainable aviation-security institutions and practices, and to ensure the safety of passengers traveling between the two nations . In 2009, TSA and LCAA signed a Joint Statement of Intent to develop and enhance aviation-security programs, as well as share best practices.
“TSA’s efforts to assist Liberia demonstrate our commitment to aiding in the development of aviation systems throughout the world,” said John Halinski, assistant administrator for TSA’s Office of Global Strategies. “Through this partnership, TSA and LCAA have built a sustainable Liberian transportation security system — not only aiding travelers in our respective countries as flights begin this fall, but also demonstrating our shared commitment to the international aviation security community.”
TSA has deployed a group of veteran security experts to work with Liberian aviation security officials. The group and its LCAA counterparts assessed aviation-security programs such as training and equipment, as well as current aviation-security laws and regulations.