October marks the 10-year anniversary of federalized security screening operations at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. On Oct. 8, 2002, the Transportation Security Administration deployed a federal workforce in Baton Rouge to screen all commercial airline passengers and their luggage. Since then, TSA has evolved into an agency with a multilayered approach to security that includes intelligence, innovative technology and a highly trained workforce to keep the traveling public safe.
Through the Secure Flight program, TSA vets all passengers flying into, out of and within the United States against government watch lists. All checked and carry-on bags are screened for explosives and other threats. At Baton Rouge Metropolitan and more than 190 airports across the country, TSA uses advanced imaging technology to detect both metallic and nonmetallic threats, including explosives. Onboard aircraft, hardened cockpit doors, the Federal Flight Deck Officer program and federal air marshals serve as additional layers of security. TSA also works closely with the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and the airlines to ensure their security programs are comprehensive.
Every day approximately 1.7 million passengers are screened at TSA checkpoints nationwide. This year, TSA has discovered three firearms at the Baton Rouge security checkpoint, preventing these weapons from entering our nation’s transportation system. Last year, four firearms were discovered at the Baton Rouge checkpoint while more than 1,300 guns were discovered at TSA checkpoints throughout the nation.
As we move away from a one-size-fits all model, we are implementing risk-based security concepts to further enhance security. This is an expedited TSA screening initiative at more than 25 airports nationwide. Other risk-based security measures including modified screening procedures for passengers 12 and younger and those 75 and older.
Going forward, TSA will continue to play a critical role in staying ahead of determined adversaries. We appreciate the ongoing support and cooperation of the aviation industry and the traveling public as we continue to strengthen transportation security.
federal security director,
Transportation Security Administration