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Keep Your Shoes ON When Going Through TSA

Posted in CBP, TSA

If you travel often, read on, you’ll be glad you did. When was the last time you had the ability to go through security WITH YOUR SHOES ON? Without taking out your laptop? WITH your jacket on? Without having to take out your liquids? If this appeals to you, which it definitely did for me, you’ll be pleased to know the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is partnering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for TSA Pre-Check, an initiative that allows eligible passengers to qualify for expedited screening at participating airports.

TSA 100% Screening – The Air Cargo Advance Screening Pilot Takes Off

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, Import, TSA

On May 16, 2012, the Transportation Security Administration [TSA] announced – starting December 3, 2012, all international passenger air carriers destined for the United States will be subject to 100% cargo screening. TSA’s website advises: “[g]lobal shippers and U.S. importers should contact their logistics partners to determine if these measures may have any impact on their supply chain.” This process requires enhanced screening for shipments designated as higher risk, while lower risk shipments will undergo other physical screening protocols. How will this impact your supply chain?

TSA and Pepper Spray – A Story of What NOT to Do

Posted in Investigation, TSA

Our beloved Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has the responsibility of screening passengers to “ensure that certain items and persons prohibited from flying don’t board commercial airliners.” This is accomplished through 43,00 Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) located at 450 airports around the United States. For me, while I am waiting in line to be screened, there seems always to be one energetic TSO screaming at my fellow passengers to take our shoes off, remove most liquids, take our belts off, take out our laptops, etc.. it is hard to remember that the official Mission of the TSA is to “protect the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.” I do have one funny story to tell you about the TSA and a certain passenger.

TSA 100% Air Cargo Screening Update – 6 Months Later?

Posted in TSA

On Thursday, March 10, 2011, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. EST, Marc Rossi, Chief, Air Cargo Screening, TSA Headquarters, and Peter Quinter, Chair, Customs and International Trade Department, will be the speakers at a webinar hosted by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America. Shippers, indirect air carriers (IACs) or freight forwarders, and international airlines will benefit from learning about the newest policies and requirements by TSA.

Does the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Make Us Safer?

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, TSA

I read a fascinating article entitled “HOMELAND SECURITY HASN’T MADE US SAFER” in the January/February issue of Foreign Policy magazine. The article criticized the massive spending of time and money by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Applebaum aimed her barbs right at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with the comment: “AS FOR THE TSA, I AM NOT AWARE OF A SINGLE BOMBER OR BOMB PLOT STOPPED BY ITS TIME-WASTING PROCEDURES.” Is Ms. Applebaum stating something we all know already, is ignorant of the truth, or somewhere in between?

TSA 100% CARGO SCREENING RULE EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2010

Posted in TSA

On January 11, 2010, I posted “You Ready for 100% Cargo Screening by the TSA” because at that time, the international aviation industry was not prepared for the implementation on August 1, 2010 of the TSA mandated 100% screening of air cargo aboard passenger planes. The date is fast approaching, and shippers, indirect air carriers (freight forwarders) and airlines which need to get “on board” should attend an important seminar.

DOES TSA’s 3-1-1 RULE FOR PASSENGERS’ CARRY-ON BAGS MAKE SENSE TO YOU?

Posted in TSA

I just returned from a wonderful trip to both Italy and Israel, and I can’t help but compare our Transportation Security Administration (TSA) procedures to that of other countries. In both Italy and Israel, I did not have to take off my shoes or follow the all too familiar 3-1-1 TSA enforced liquid policy. Yet, on April 2, 2010, Department of Homeland Secretary Napolitano announced another set of security measures that hassle passengers who travel by air.

You Ready for 100% Cargo Screening by the TSA?

Posted in TSA

In my October 5, 2009 post entitled “TSA’s New Air Cargo Screening Rules Have A Serious Flaw,” I commented on the Air Cargo Screening Interim Final Rule, which created the certified cargo screening program (CCSP).

New TSA Penalties and Procedures

Posted in TSA

Effective August 20, 2009, the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations increased the maximum amount of its monetary penalties against aircraft operators and freight forwarders/indirect air carriers (IACs) for violations of the Transportation Security Regulations. TSA also made significant change to its Investigative and Enforcement Procedures in 49 CFR Part 1503. There are ways to avoid being penalized by the TSA, or to reduce any monetary penalty assessed by the TSA for air cargo transportation related violations.

TSA’s New Air Cargo Screening Rules Have A Serious Flaw

Posted in TSA

On September 16, 2009, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued new air cargo screening rules. The rules are generally well thought out, except for one glaring problem.