In a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, both Montana Republicans, called for the administration to undo a new employee screening policy they said would overly burden Montana airports.
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In order to secure a presence in international commercial shipping and bolster military usefulness at sea, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) enrolled nine ships into its Tanker Security Program (TSP) this week.
“Today we are announcing the first... Read More »
During the first half of 2023, which ended June 30, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) noted personnel intercepted 3,251 firearms at airport security checkpoints.
“Anyone traveling with a firearm must follow the rules and pack it properly in checked baggage in addition to... Read More »
Northrop Grumman Corporation has detailed the successful flight test of its advanced airborne navigation solution, Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) / Inertial Navigation System (INS) Modernization - known as EGI-M.
“This flight test is a major step forward in developing our next... Read More »
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials are espousing the benefits of implementing credential authentication technology (CAT) and computed tomography (CT) scanners at two airports.
TSA indicated it has installed a new credential authentication technology (CAT) unit and a 3-D... Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded threat detection and screening technology firm Smiths Detection a contract for full-size checkpoint computed tomography (CT) systems and related services.
Smiths Detection President Inder Reddy said 2.9 million passengers fly in and... Read More »
New requirements could be coming to railroads’ provision of hazardous materials information to responders during hazmat incidents, based on a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
If adopted, the proposal... Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently opened the TSA Academy West in Las Vegas, Nev., with a ribbon cutting event attended by TSA Administrator David Pekoske.
“The TSA Academy West expands our ability to train our new officers in an airport environment and provides them... Read More »
In support of the American tourism industry, cultural diversity and workforce needs, U.S. Reps. Blake Moore (R-UT) and Annie Kuster (D-NH) reintroduced a resolution expressing support for BridgeUSA programs.
As a resolution, it’s a nonbinding effort, but rather, is meant to express... Read More »
More than two years after a mandated deadline, U.S. Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), Ed Markey (D-MA) and John Fetterman (D-PA) wrote to federal officials last week urging implementation of the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2018 that required secondary cockpit barriers for new commercial aircraft.
The... Read More »
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials have indicated the agency is prepared to screen high volumes of passengers at nationwide airport security checkpoints this summer travel season.
“TSA is ready to handle this summer’s anticipated increase in travel,” TSA Administrator... Read More »
A second attempt at legislation, introduced to the Senate last week, would compel the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to hire at least 600 additional officers per year until its staffing needs are filled.
The Securing America’s Ports of Entry Act was proposed by U.S. Sens. Gary... Read More »
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar recently briefed the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) regarding combating global civil aviation terrorist threats.
The ICAO is a United Nations agency that helps 193... Read More »
In a move that may speed up processing, 36 credential authentication technology (CAT) units have now been deployed to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints at Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)/Thurgood Marshall Airport.
At the least, it has increased... Read More »
Through an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week awarded an agreement worth up to $128 million to Idemia Identity and Security USA, LLC to create and maintain next-generation Credential Authentication Technology... Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has procured three Computed Tomography (CT) x-ray scanner orders worth up to $1.3 billion to be deployed at airport checkpoints.
The orders call for up to 426 base, 359 mid-size and 429 full-size scanner units, if all options are exercised, for... Read More »
Through a Request for Information (RFI) this week, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) signaled a search for new and emerging counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) capable of defending against other small UAS (sUAS).
Small UAS are... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently installed a next generation carry-on baggage screening system at Boston Logan International Airport.
“This new carry-on screening system is an important next step in aviation security,” S&T... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated Smiths Detection's HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX CT passenger screening system as terrorism deterring technology.
The designation was established through the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act.
"This is a... Read More »
A group of lawmakers recently commended the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's advancement of the IMPACTT Human Trafficking Act, which supports individuals impacted by human trafficking.
The bill introduced by Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI), James Lankford (R-OK), and John... Read More »
During a hearing with the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week, the latter’s administrator, David Pekoske, lent insight into the agency’s plans for its $10.4 billion allotment under a 2024 budget... Read More »
Building on U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) efforts to improve Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing of international travelers at ports of entry, a $749,900 Phase 5 award was issued to iProov Limited this week.
iProov Limited is a... Read More »
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will reopen enrollment centers at eight Canadian airports to expand enrollment and manage backlogs for the NEXUS pre-screen expedited processing travel program.
NEXUS allows subscribed members to use dedicated... Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced a partnership with officials from the Philippines to bolster Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) security.
TSA is joining the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) to host Philippines personnel for a training... Read More »
Working to increase information access for first responders, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) this week partnered with emergency management agencies in Sumner County, Tenn., to pilot a new emergency dispatching system complete with AskRail data.
AskRail was a frontline tool for first... Read More »
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has joined Carnival Cruise Line in launching facial biometric comparison technology for closed-loop cruises.
The Port of Jacksonville, Fla., is the latest seaport to further secure and enhance the debarkation process.
“CBP and Carnival are innovating the... Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has new cybersecurity requirements for airport and aircraft operators.
“Protecting our nation’s transportation system is our highest priority, and TSA will continue to work closely with industry stakeholders across all transportation modes to... Read More »
U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chairs of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus, recently forwarded correspondence to Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Rena Bitter, seeking insight regarding visa processing delays.
Moran and Klobuchar joined U.S. Sens.... Read More »
U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) has introduced the Honoring Our Fallen TSA Officers Act, which extends benefits to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers killed in the line of duty.
“Every day, TSA officers put their lives on the line in order to protect millions of Americans in... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a proposal to enhance international air travel security for commercial flight travelers to and from the United States.
The published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) addresses the expansion of existing advance data requirements via... Read More »
Fallout continues for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over the hack and release of data from its official No-Fly List earlier this month, as U.S. Reps. Mark Green (R-TN) and Dan Bishop (R-NC) demanded answers and oversight of how this happened.
Green is the chairman of the... Read More »
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had a successful year in 2022, the agency reports, and commended personnel for several accomplishments.
“I am incredibly proud of our dedicated TSA employees who perform the critical task of securing our nation’s transportation systems each... Read More »
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials said 44 guns detected in carry-on luggage in 2022 at Philadelphia International Airport represent a record for the most guns caught at the security checkpoint.
“Our TSA officers are good at their jobs in helping to ensure that passengers get... Read More »
Even as China reopens itself to travel following years of heavy restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its citizens face a new roadblock from entry to the United States: a demand for negative COVID-19 tests for any flier.
The restriction was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and... Read More »
The number of people who attempted to bring guns onto United States airplanes rose significantly this year, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), despite having never been allowed in carry-on bags regardless of concealed weapons permits.
This protection measure resulted... Read More »