Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Security Agency Administrator John Pistole announced their agencies would help expand the “If You See Something, Say Something,” public awareness campaign for the holiday season.
“As Americans head into the busy holiday travel season, it is important to remember that every individual has a role to play in keeping our country safe and secure,” Napolitano said. She noted how the program encourages travelers and those in the hotel industry to identify and report the warning signs of terrorism and other crime.
The “Say Something” campaign was originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority funded, in part, by a $13 million DHS Transit Security Grant Program. The original aim was to engage the public and first responders to identify the indicators of terrorism.
The Times Square bomber, thwarted by a vigilant street vendor, raised the program’s profile.
Pistole said the campaign helped to build partnerships with law enforcement and the public.
“The partnerships we build in communities and with travelers are critical to supporting our security mission,” Pistole said. “We saw with the failed Times Square attack the impact alert travelers can have and we ask for the public’s continued partnership to help keep our skies safe.”
Pistole’s next stop is Capitol Hill, where he will testify about TSA’s ongoing efforts and initiatives before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.