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TSA Announces Airline Security Changes


New York, Dec 02, 2005

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced updated security procedures that will affect airline travelers beginning December 22. Fewer prohibited items, an increased number of revised random passenger screenings, and more bomb-sniffing dogs are among the changes announced by Kip Hawley, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security.

“It is paramount to the security of our aviation system that terrorists not be able to know with certainty what screening procedures they will encounter at airports around the nation,” said Hawley. “By incorporating unpredictability into our procedures and eliminating low-threat items, we can better focus our efforts on stopping individuals that wish to do us harm.”

Passengers will once again be able to carry on-board small tools of seven inches or less including screwdrivers and pliers and metal scissors with blades of four inches or less. Lighters will continue to be banned from the cabin of aircraft and in checked baggage.

According to a statement by TSA, passengers will continue to walk through a metal detector and have their carry-on and checked baggage screened. However, these measures may now include a brief additional search of their person or their property for explosives and other threats to the aviation system. In addition to these changes, the agency’s 43,000 Transportation Security Screeners have been re-classified as Transportation Security Officers (TSOs).

For more information on the new procedures, visit www.TSA.gov.

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