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TSA prepares for summer travelers with updated security procedures

WASHINGTON, DC—With the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicking off the start of summer, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing a very different travel season given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. TSA has implemented changes to the security screening process that reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. TSA has …


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MVA to close all branch offices in response to COVID-19

BALTIMORE, MD—To help protect the health and safety of customers and employees, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration will close all branch offices statewide effective at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 20th. This operational change is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Branch offices will remain closed until further notice. All previously scheduled appointments are cancelled. Customers will receive …


TSA: Number of guns brought to airport checkpoints in 2019 up 5 percent

WASHINGTON, DC—Transportation Security Administration officers caught more firearms at checkpoints nationwide in 2019 than ever before in the agency’s 18-year history. In total, 4,432 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags or on passengers at checkpoints across the country last year, averaging about 12.1 firearms per day, approximately a 5% increase nationally in firearm discoveries from the total of 4,239 detected …

TSA screened record-breaking number of travelers during end-of-year holiday period

WASHINGTON, DC—The Transportation Security Administration saw a record-breaking number of travelers during the end-of-year holiday period that included Christmas and New Year’s travel, screening more than 43.8 million passengers and crew members during the holiday travel period, from Dec. 19 to Jan. 5, an increase of 4% from the holiday period of 2018. On the busiest day, Friday, December 27, …

TSA: Plan ahead for another high volume travel period

WASHINGTON, DC—The Transportation Security Administration expects another high volume period for the upcoming holiday season. Between December 19 and January 5, TSA estimates 42 million passengers will travel through security screening checkpoints nationwide, an increase of 3.9 percent from 2018. “I can’t express enough how proud I am of the TSA workforce,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “Year after year, …

TSA screened a record-breaking number of Thanksgiving holiday travelers

WASHINGTON—The Transportation Security Administration saw a record-breaking number of travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday, screening more than 26 million passengers and crew members during the holiday travel period, from Friday, Nov. 22 to Monday, Dec. 2. On the busiest day, Dec. 1, more than 2.8 million travelers passed through TSA security checkpoints nationwide, and with 2,870,764 travelers screened, it marked …

TSA expects another record-breaking holiday travel season

WASHINGTON, DC—The Transportation Security Administration is expecting a record-breaking number of flyers this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday travel period with more than 26.8 million passengers traveling through security screening checkpoints nationwide Nov. 22 through Dec. 2. TSA officials are prepared to process the volume of passengers at airport security checkpoints, working closely with airports and airlines to project numbers and peak …

Bomb Squad seizes second inert rocket launcher tube at BWI Airport

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY – The Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Bomb Squad, in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority, reported to the Baltimore Washington International Airport at around 5:15 a.m. on Thursday morning for a report of a recovered launch tube located at the American Airlines baggage area. The inert rocket launch tube, empty …