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What Is the Transportation Security Administration?
Following the events of the September 11th attack, where almost 3,000 individuals lost their lives, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created. The purpose of the TSA is to ensure that similar organized attacks against the nation’s transportation system will be prevented in the future. Currently, there are thousands of employees dedicated to the safety of the transportation system, while enabling the free movement of individuals and business.
The History of the Transportation Security Administration
The September 11th attack occurred. Four U.S. planes were hijacked and they crashed into the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Philadelphia. This was the deadliest terror attack to occur in the United States.
In November 2001 after the unfortunate events of September 11th the Aviation and Transportation Security Act was signed. This law requires federal officials to conduct screening of all baggage. It expanded the existing Federal Air Marshal Service and required all cockpit doors to be reinforced.
The TSA is officially created and in charge of the security for all transportation modalities.
The shoe bomber, Richard Reid, attempts to ignite a bomb in his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami.
Explosive Detection Systems are deployed across the nation. Now all bags are screened through these designated machines.
The Federal Flight Deck Officer Program is launched. The TSA starts training flight deck officers to carry firearms on deck. Pilot are now armed on commercial flights. In this same month cockpits are reinforced to protect against explosives.
As a result of the Madrid train bombing prevention and response is expanded for rail and mass transit transportation.
TSA bans all liquids, gels, and aerosols on carry on luggage in response to a terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives. A month later the rule is modified to the 3-1-1 liquid rule. Allowing liquids in containers of 3.4 ounces and below in clear containers held in 1-quart plastic bags. In that same month, TSA requires passengers to remove shoes to screen for explosives.
Canine teams are deployed to screen 100 percent of the cargo loaded on U.S passenger planes. The program is later expanded to check passenger and baggage screenings inside airports.
Advanced imaging technology is installed in U.S. airports. These full body scanners are designed to detect non-metallic weapons and other threats.
TSA pre-screening begins. This allows individuals to be pre-screened prior to getting to the airport, in turn expediting the process. This allows more resources to be allocated to high risk individuals. The first TSA pre-screening application center does not open until December 2013.
TSA improves on their imaging technology and improves their pat down procedure. They put into place special screening procedures for several individuals in both domestic and international flights.
Automated screening lanes are put into place. New features such as radio frequency identification tags are attached to the bins. This allows for more accountability, including a camera which can take pictures of the outside of the bag which links to the X-Ray of the bag content.
TSA enhanced screening measures to overseas destination with direct flights to the US.
All personal electronics larger than a cell phone must be placed in a separate bin for screening.
If you have questions about your application, you can ask TSA Help Desk (877) 872-7990 or send email