Transportation Security Administration

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was "created in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001" as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (Public Law 107-71), which was signed into law November 19, 2001, by President George W. Bush. The TSA was originally in the U.S. Department of Transportation but was moved to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in March 2003. "In February 2002, TSA assumed responsibility for security at the nation’s airports and by the end of the year had deployed a federal work force to meet challenging Congressional deadlines for screening all passengers and baggage." [1]

80% of budget spent on airport screening

James Fallows wrote in the January/February 2005 issue of Atlantic Monthly "in the wake of 9/11 ... led to creation of the Transportation Security Administration and the huge over-emphasis on airport screening. ... [The] TSA devotes 80 percent of its $5.3 billion budget to airport screening, even though it is nominally responsible for all the rest of transportation as well—roads, bridges, subways, tunnels, railroads, ports, etc." Fallows "quotes several experts who maintain ... that the $4 billion spent on screening 'could make Americans safer if it were applied more broadly in transportation—reinforcing bridges, establishing escape routes from tunnels, installing call boxes,' etc." --Aviation Security Newsletter, Reason Foundation, March 2005.

TSA R&D: Explosive Detection Technology (EDS)

"TSA’s R&D program has two projects to develop better EDS technology. Project Phoenix seeks upgrades to the systems already installed at airports—increased throughput, greater accuracy, etc. The next-generation stuff is being sought under Manhattan II, which recently awarded contracts to nine teams." --Aviation Security Newsletter, Reason Foundation, March 2005.


"TSA’s mission is to protect the nation’s transportation systems by ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce." [2]

The TSA includes the Office of National Risk Assessment and the Federal Air Marshals Service.

Also see the "History of TSA."



In December 2003, Retired Rear Admiral David M. Stone was appointed as the first Acting Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Admiral Stone was scheduled to depart TSA early in June 2005. [3]

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