by Jane Hemberger
7 hours ago
Ten years ago, the Transportation Security Administration began operations at Dane County Regional Airport. TSA was created after the tragedy of 9/11, and within a year, assumed responsibility for security at the nation’s airports.
Since 9/11, TSA has screened nearly 5 billion passengers. At the Dane County Airport we’ve intercepted more than 68,000 prohibited items, including firearms and other dangerous items. Today, every bag is checked for explosives and other threats, and every passenger is pre-screened against terrorist watch lists.
TSA also has deployed many other layers of security, including behavior detection officers and explosives specialists, K9 teams, federal air marshals, and continuously evolving screening technologies.
In the last year, TSA has moved toward a more risk-based approach to security, which has resulted in screening modifications for kids 12 and younger and passengers 75 and older.
But it’s our people who make the real difference. More than 50 percent of our officers at the Dane County Airport have been with TSA for more than five years, and almost two dozen have been with the agency since the beginning. Join me in thanking them for their service.
– Jane Hemberger, TSA Federal Security Director, Dane Country Regional Airport
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