Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Bombing of Moscow's Domodedovo Airport

After this week's tragic bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, people are asking what TSA is doing to secure crowded areas on the public side of the airport from a similar type of attack.

As always, we are working with our international partners to share and analyze information regarding the latest terrorist tactics and security best practices. At U.S. airports, you may continue to notice TSA security measures in all areas of the airport, including before the checkpoint. These measures include behavior detection officers (BDO), explosive detection technology, canine teams and Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams, among other measures both seen and unseen. You may remember an incident in 2008 when one of our BDOs spotted a suspicious passenger in Orlando well before the screening checkpoint.  This led to the discovery of two galvanized pipes, end caps, two small containers containing BBs, batteries, two containers with an unknown liquid, laptop, and bomb making literature.

TSA security personnel continue to analyze information coming out of Moscow and share information and best practices with our partners. We also continue to work closely with local law enforcement officers and airport officials to protect our nation's airports.

Securing the public side of airports is a joint responsibility.  Each airport has a set security plan that is reviewed and approved by TSA. TSA regulates these plans to ensure the best possible security.

As we've said in the past, while it is impossible to completely eliminate risk, our many layers of security mitigate risks to help keep airports secure.  TSA will continue to utilize these layers to keep you safe when you travel.  We also encourage you to remain aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to TSA or local law enforcement.

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

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