John S. Pistole - Articles and news items
Airport news / 3 December 2013 /
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the first application site for its TSA Pre✓™ Application Program at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), and unveiled the online pre-enrollment program at www.tsa.gov. The new application process allows U.S. citizens to directly enroll in TSA Pre✓™, an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select screening lanes. To date, passengers have only been eligible through existing programs such as U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s Global Entry program and frequent flier programs with certain airlines, but this announcement will allow travelers to apply directly for the expedited screening program. Since its introduction, more than 25 million passengers have already used TSA Pre✓™ nationwide. (more…)
Issue 2 2013 / 4 April 2013 /
TSA Administrator, John S. Pistole, provides an insight into how the Transportation Security Administration is transforming airport security.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues its transformation from an organisation that screens every passenger in the same ‘one size fits all’ way, to a risk-based, intelligence-driven model. The TSA uses the latest technology, analyses and shares intelligence in real-time, and applies the principles of risk-mitigation and riskmanagement to carry out its mission to safeguard the free movement of people and commerce across all modes of transportation. It is an evolution we began in earnest in late- 2011, deploying several new initiatives and modifying some of our existing security screening protocols to more closely reflect this commitment to risk-based security. In large part, the operational changes I referenced can already be seen in many of the United States’ busiest airports. In the latter half of 2011, we began looking at additional information to help us determine if there were certain age-based decisions we could make. In other words, did current intelligence indicate the possibility of modifying our security screening protocols to expedite the movement of some passengers through the checkpoint based solely on their age? (more…)
Airport news / 16 May 2012 /
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced it has set a deadline for passenger air carriers to conduct 100 percent cargo screening on international flights bound for the United States. Beginning December 3, 2012, all cargo shipments loaded on passenger aircraft must undergo screening for explosives, fulfilling a requirement of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act.
Airport news / 21 February 2012 /
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the appointment of American Association of Airport Executives Senior Vice President of Transportation Security Policy Carter Morris as chairman of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC).