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Published:September 3rd, 2007 08:58 EST
TSA Continues to Extend Security Beyond the Checkpoint

TSA Continues to Extend Security Beyond the Checkpoint

By SOP newswire

On July 28, 2007 one Salt Lake City traveler had his trip cut short when he came across the Transportation Security Administration`s latest layer of security, highly-trained TSA security officers checking boarding documents.

Using the tools of the trade and sophisticated behavioral and fraudulent document identification training, the security officer inspected the individual`s identification. Peeling back the front portion of the license, the officer found the identification of a woman below the picture of the male passenger. The officer immediately contacted local law enforcement for further investigation. The traveler was detained by law enforcement, interviewed by the FBI and arrested with possessing an altered driver`s license.

Working in conjunction with other security initiatives including behavior detection officers, travel document checking allows us to detect fraudulent documents and gives TSA the opportunity to continue to extend security beyond the traditional security checkpoint. The program has produced more than 10 arrests for possession of fraudulent documents, illegal currency and other offenses and is in place at over 250 airports from coast to coast. Expansion of the program will continue until TSA security officers conduct this check at all commercial service airports.

"By having highly trained officers conduct the travel document and ID check, we are significantly increasing security," said Mo McGowan, assistant administrator, office of security operations. "Individuals with fraudulent documents are now being referred to law enforcement for closer scrutiny and investigation instead of proceeding to the boarding gate."

Travel document checkers are part of TSA`s layered approach to security that includes Screening Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT), Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), hardened cockpit doors, Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDOs), checkpoint screening and several other initiatives.