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Senate Confirms USCG Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger as TSA Administrator

The Senate has approved U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger as the new administrator of the Transportation Security Administration following a vote of 81-1, The Hill reported Monday. Jordain Carney writes that Neffenger’s confirmation comes amid reports that TSA agents were unable to locate fake bombs placed at the busiest airports across …

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John Pistole Announces Retirement from TSA

John Pistole is set to retire from the Transportation Security Administration on Dec. 31 after more than 30 years of government service. He will take on a new role in academia beginning 2015, the TSA said Thursday. “I could not be more proud of all that our employees have accomplished together, particularly …

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TSA Appoints New Members to Security Advisory Panel

The Transportation Security Administration has appointed 24 new members to its Aviation Security Advisory Committee, established in 1989 after the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. The panel advises the agency and gives recommendations for improving airport security methods,  equipment and procedures. “One of my main priorities since joining TSA has …

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TSA Testing Behavior-Based Screening at Four U.S. Airports

The Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday it had begun testing a new airport screening program based on behavior recognition. The known-traveler initiative, known as PreCheck, will be tested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, Dallas/Fort Worth International and Miami International airports. Domestic flight passengers on Delta and American airlines …

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TSA Buying New Imaging Machines, Says Privacy Protected

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday it is spending $44.8 million to purchase new imaging machines it claims will eliminate passenger-specific images and enhance privacy. TSA ordered 300 of the millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology machines for deployment at airports across the country. TSA said it began installing software on …

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Air Travel Safer but No Guarantees, TSA Chief Pistole Says

In the ten years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, air travel has become safer but still comes with no guarantees, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday. John Pistole said terrorists are taking “extreme” measures to evade security, highlighting an attempt to hide explosives in a …

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TSA Boss: Patdowns, Scanners Work

Patdowns and full body scanners at airports have helped prevent another terrorist attack in the U.S. after the 9/11 attacks, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said. Pistole discussed the future of transportation security at the Newseum in Washington Wednesday. The enhanced patdowns and full body scanners have been the …

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TSA Debuts Generic, ‘Privacy-enhancing’ Body Scanners

Say goodbye to the “naked scanners.” The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced it will begin testing new software for its advanced imaging technology machines that will eliminate passenger-specific images in favor of detecting potential threat items on a generic outline of a person. TSA Administrator John Pistole, who made the …

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If You See Something, REALLY Say Something…Oh, BTW, Happy Holidays

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. The expanded efforts come as the transportation systems prepare for an influx of travelers for the …

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