Secretary Napolitano Announces Second Major Aviation Security Milestone this Month [June 24, 2010]   [open pdf - 301KB]

"Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that 100 percent of passengers flying domestically and internationally on U.S. airlines are now being checked against government watch lists through the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Secure Flight program--the second major step in fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation achieved this month. Today's announcement comes less than three weeks after TSA reached 100 percent watchlist checking for all passengers traveling within the United States and its territories through Secure Flight. Before TSA began implementing Secure Flight, airlines held responsibility for checking passengers against terrorist watchlists. 'Secure Flight fulfills a key recommendation of the of the 9/11 Commission Report, enabling TSA to screen passengers directly against government watchlists using passenger name, date of birth, and gender before a boarding pass is issued,' said Secretary Napolitano. 'This achievement significantly enhances one of our many layers of security--coordinated with our partners in the airline industry and governments around the world--that we leverage to protect the traveling public against threats of terrorism.'"

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