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Homeland Security

Airport Security Systems

Since the events of 9/11, there has been an increase in security measures at all 450+ U.S. airports. Air travel is an essential part of many peoples lives. Over 600 million people fly each year, not to mention the millions bags that go along with them. It is the responsibility of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which was formed immediately following 9/11, to oversee airport security.

TSA has been mandated by law to appropriately screen air travelers to ensure that certain items and persons prohibited from flying don't board commercial airliners. TSA maintains 43,000 trained and certified Transportation Security Officers stationed at over 450 airports across the country. Combined with over 1,000 credentialed security inspectors, these professionals screen over two million passengers daily.

Security screening extends beyond passengers heading to their planes. Behind the scenes, TSA has fielded technology solutions to screen all passenger luggage. TSA electronically screens millions of bags for explosives and other dangerous items each day at over 7,000 baggage screening locations and at over 450 airports nationwide. Together with local airports, TSA constantly fields new equipment and protocols to ensure the latest available technology is used to both screen checked baggage and to maximize efficiency. Databases and programs have also been developed that enable TSA to keep track of international travelers to the U.S. while they are here, tracking their arrival and departure.

Program Description
CAPPSII An enhanced Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System. It was replaced by Secure Flight in 2004
Secure Flight A passenger pre-screening program operated on the Transportation Vetting Platform
Registered Traveler Designed to improve the security screening process by helping TSA align screeners and resources with potential risks.
INSPass An automated system that can significantly reduce CBP immigration inspection processing time for authorized travelers
Hi-Soc Provides operational end users with the technology and capabilities to detect and prevent terrorist attacks, means of terrorism and other illegal activities
Backscatter Can detect weapons, explosives and other metallic and non-metallic threat items concealed under layers of clothing without physical contact
EDS Detects weapons and explosives in a variety of transportation environments

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