Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017: TSA Environmental Initiatives

The mission of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is to protect the nation’s transportation systems, ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.  With this mission comes a responsibility to the communities and natural environment affected by our transportation security activities.

The TSA strategy for meeting these environmental responsibilities is to proactively manage and reduce the immediate and long-term environmental impacts of its operations through the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS).  Within the framework of the EMS, Environmental Management Programs (EMPs) help TSA:


  • Improve operating efficiencies
  • Reduce energy use and costs
  • Divert waste from landfills
  • Integrate environmental considerations into decision-making processes 

TSA’s Electronics Stewardship EMP implements best management practices for considering the lifecycle of electronic purchases, including procurement, maintenance, and end-of-life management.  TSA purchases environmentally preferable electronics, including ENERGY STAR® qualified and Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registered computers and printers.  TSA donates old electronics to public school programs for reuse.  TSA donated 857 computers in the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2017 and 4,963 pieces of electronic equipment in FY 2016.  


TSA diverts waste from the waste stream by recycling:


  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Paper
  • Plastic

The proper management of hazardous material Voluntarily Abandoned Property (VAP) also reduces TSA’s impact on the environment.  Items left behind at security checkpoints due to volume, contents, and/or prohibition by policy are collected by Transportation Security Officers as VAP.  Annually, approximately 1.5 million pounds of hazardous material VAP is properly managed through compliance with environmental and safety regulations to prevent hazardous materials from entering the waste stream. 


TSA incorporates environmental considerations throughout our decisions and actions to reduce our impact on the environment.  


This Earth Day, help support TSA’s environmental stewardship initiatives.  Do your part; follow the Liquids Rule and keep your liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes limited to 3.4 ounces or less per item. 


36 comments:

RB said...

If TSA really wanted to reduce sending stuff to landfills TSA would stop confiscating harmless LGA's that are so dangerous TSA tosses them in trash bins right at the checkpoint thereby demonstrating no concern for anyones safety.

RB said...

Increasing reports of TSA screeners requiring small electronics to be removed from carry-on. So what's the deal TSA? Not telling the publc only slows things down and convinces the public that TSA is totally fouled up.

RB said...

Multiple reports from around the country where TSA screeners are prohibiting Breast Milk.

What's going on TSA? Have the unwritten rules been changed again?

RB said...

Three recent questions outstanding.

1: Has removal of small electronics policy changed?

2: Has Breast Milk policy been changed?

3: How many people work on the TSA Blog?

crickets.................

Boldly said...

RB said...
If TSA really wanted to reduce sending stuff to landfills TSA would stop confiscating harmless LGA's that are so dangerous TSA tosses them in trash bins right at the checkpoint thereby demonstrating no concern for anyones safety.

How would that reduce the amount of stuff sent to a landfill? Wouldn't the passenger throw it away after they drink it? Once again, your "logic" is immensely flawed. Your hatred of TSA is astounding to the point that your comments are comical at best. And as usual, you know what they are disposing of abandoned liquids, you just choose to not accept the reason.

Blogger RB said...
Increasing reports of TSA screeners requiring small electronics to be removed from carry-on. So what's the deal TSA? Not telling the publc only slows things down and convinces the public that TSA is totally fouled up.

why is this a problem? If people are in a hurry, get to the airport earlier. TSA's job is security, a passengers job is scheduling.

B said...
Multiple reports from around the country where TSA screeners are prohibiting Breast Milk.

What's going on TSA? Have the unwritten rules been changed again?

I haven't heard of this is several years, and even then it was an isolated incident. can you provide a link or should we just assume its made up?

Doober said...

RB wrote: "Multiple reports from around the country where TSA screeners are prohibiting Breast Milk."

As well, screeners are disallowing ice packs for breast milk; I've read 3 such reports just this week. Does anyone at TSA understand that not keeping breast milk (or formula) cold, compromises the food because it cannot be refrozen?

Further, TSA seems to be in a war against tomatoes, Duff Goldman had his sandwich confiscated because it had a tomato on it, "Hey @TSA, your mindless robotic employees just confiscated my chicken and rice lunch because it had a tomato in it."; another woman had her quinoa salad confiscated, "At airport 1st time in 6 mo. I'm out of practice, evidenced by confiscation of my quinoa salad @TSA. Olive oil + quinoa = TERROR. Who knew?"; others are complaining about TSA screening snacks: "4 cell phones, iPad, laptop, oatmeal raisin cookies- good job LAS @TSA for further screening the cookies"

I know the question won't be answered, but does TSA have ANY rationale for this new war on foodstuffs?

screen shot/DHS IG statement

GSOLTSO said...

1. Which electronics specifically?

2. No.

3. I know of 2, the same ones that have been here since the beginning. I am fairly certain that the department head or section head has access. I am equally certain that folks in charge of PR at HQ have access... Those are simply what I believe, the only 2 that I know of, are the two listed on the page.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
1. Which electronics specifically?

2. No.

3. I know of 2, the same ones that have been here since the beginning. I am fairly certain that the department head or section head has access. I am equally certain that folks in charge of PR at HQ have access... Those are simply what I believe, the only 2 that I know of, are the two listed on the page.

West
TSA Blog Team

April 26, 2017 at 11:42 AM
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West @AskTSA seems to be a good source of what screeners are subjecting passengers to around the country.

To answer your questions though,

IPADS, Kindles, and such.

Here's a good start on checking it out for yourself.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/practical-travel-safety-security-issues/1838355-logan-bos-others-add-ipads-kindles-gps-etc-items-removed-bags.html

"Yesterday I flew out of Logan and heard TSA telling all passengers to remove not just laptops but also iPads, Tablets, Kindles, GPS, etc. Anything larger than a cell phone."

BREASTMILK

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/28224430-post15.html


@TSA why did the TSA supervisor tell me I couldn't bring this breast milk through security at JFK??
3:27 PM - 24 Apr 2017 · Queens, NY


The picture at the link is remarkable.

Thanks for the answer on the number of people working the blog. I realize that you are fairly low on the pecking order and may not know all that goes on behind the scenes.




Doober said...

Boldly for ,your edification:

https://www.popsugar.com/moms/Dad-Question-TSA-About-Discarded-Breast-Milk-43422326

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/checkpoints-borders-policy-debate/1803327-tsa-breast-milk-1.html Note in this thread there are complaints about TSA taking ice packs meant to keep breast milk cool as well as taking away pureed babyfood - fortunately another screener was able to get the food back for the infant.

https://www.someecards.com/entertainment/celebrities/tsa-rose-byrne-breastmilk/

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/why-is-the-tsa-so-bad-at-handling-breast-milk

Another question, Boldy. You tell us it is our responsibility to get to the airport far enough of our flight to allow TSA to do to us what they will. If TSA has NOT made a general announcement that all electronics are now to be screened individually, how are we supposed to know they are doing this? How long before our flights would you suggest we get to the airport to allow TSA to use its bag of tricks on us?





GSOLTSO said...

The items you have listed, Ipad, Kindle, Tablets - I have seen no changes at the can I take site, I have had no PR info pushed down or posted that change the rules regarding those items or items like them. I will say that sometimes TSOs will ask for items to be removed if a bag is too cluttered, sometimes even working with a passenger to take the items out to give a more clear view of the bag. I have not seen anything indicating changes like the quote above mentioned.

I am uncertain of the circumstances surrounding the incident mentioning breast milk. Even if I were, I have not seen any changes to the regs or rules regarding breast milk. I will make the same suggestions in this case that I always make - please refer the individual to make an official complaint with TSA via our online sites. I am unsure of what happened in the above cases, or of the circumstances surrounding them - but I have seen no changes published.

West
TSA Blog Team

Wintermute said...

Funny, someone asks you for a link. "I'm not doing your research for you." Someone posts something you question. "Link or it's a lie." So, should we assume you are making things up when you refuse to provide l8nks when questioned?

Doober said...

And here's another one for you, Boldy:

https://twitter.com/q8tmargarita/status/857607972221997056

You really need to stay up with the times. It happens on almost a daily basis.

RB said...

And another breast milk problem:

https://twitter.com/q8tmargarita/status/857607972221997056

@SeaTacAirport Training needed ASAP!! My colleague was just forced to dump her breast milk @TSA bc "it wasn't frozen." Unacceptable.

Doober said...

And today this one:

"OK @TSA my 2 y/o son can't have his milk leaving EWR? No issues when I brought 4-6oz cartons from LAX, but u throw out my 2?!"

TSA has some serious problems if they are throwing away a toddler's milk.

RB said...

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/practical-travel-safety-security-issues/1839730-new-tsa-policy-requires-candy-ipad-phone-bins.html


New TSA policy requires candy, ipad and phone in bins?

Flew out of Lubbock yesterday and was told my phone and iPad could not be in carry on. Had to put food items in one bin, electronic items in another, clothing items in another and shoes could not be in a bin. I asked him what his deal was with the new rules he made up, he said its new TSA rules in affect beginning in July and airports are slowly rolling them into place to prepare travelers.

I find absolutely nothing through google about these changes.

Anyone know if dude was on a power trip or if this is legit.

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Seems every TSA employee in the country except the TSA Blog Team knows about these new procedures.

GSOLTSO said...

One account, of one person making a statement, does not = every other TSA employee. One account of one person making a statement is exactly that - one person saying one other person said something. The rules may (will) change at some date in the future - what that change is, and when it will be made, remains to be seen.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...


Blogger GSOLTSO said...
One account, of one person making a statement, does not = every other TSA employee. One account of one person making a statement is exactly that - one person saying one other person said something. The rules may (will) change at some date in the future - what that change is, and when it will be made, remains to be seen.

West
TSA Blog Team

April 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM

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But it's not one report from one person. Multiple reports from various sources all saying the same thing. Of course they didn't inappropriately reference the TSA " Can I Bring" tool when asked if a change in screening requirements had been made. The TSA Blog is supposedly use to communicate "All Things TSA" with the public but when legitimate questions are asked about real time matters we get fed hog slop. Perhaps you would like revise your earlier response!

Doober said...

Please, West, there are reports from all across the country regarding these new rules.

Wintermute said...

Not paying attention, West? There are several reports quoted above, not just one.

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "But it's not one report from one person. Multiple reports from various sources all saying the same thing. Of course they didn't inappropriately reference the TSA " Can I Bring" tool when asked if a change in screening requirements had been made. The TSA Blog is supposedly use to communicate "All Things TSA" with the public but when legitimate questions are asked about real time matters we get fed hog slop. Perhaps you would like revise your earlier response!"

No, I would not like to revise my earlier comments. I responded directly to a specific comment, and would give the same response again.

As to the other comments, what they amount to is a small number of unverified accounts of situations. While TSA takes these complaints/issues seriously, posting a comment at FT or FB, is not filing an official complaint/comment with the organization. TSA can not address complaints like this without the original information, persons involved, times, dates, etc. A post like the ones mentioned here, are simply someone saying something happened, without giving the information to the organization in a format that it can use to investigate and properly address things moving forward.

I will defer to your knowledge regarding hog slop, I am uneducated in the subject.

Doober sez - "Please, West, there are reports from all across the country regarding these new rules."

See above, and I still have no official release or posting indicating a change in process.

Wintermute sez - "Not paying attention, West? There are several reports quoted above, not just one."

See above, and I still have no official release or posting indicating a change in process.

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

No, I would not like to revise my earlier comments. I responded directly to a specific comment, and would give the same response again.

As to the other comments, what they amount to is a small number of unverified accounts of situations. While TSA takes these complaints/issues seriously, posting a comment at FT or FB, is not filing an official complaint/comment with the organization. TSA can not address complaints like this without the original information, persons involved, times, dates, etc. A post like the ones mentioned here, are simply someone saying something happened, without giving the information to the organization in a format that it can use to investigate and properly address things moving forward.

I will defer to your knowledge regarding hog slop, I am uneducated in the subject.

Doober sez - "Please, West, there are reports from all across the country regarding these new rules."

See above, and I still have no official release or posting indicating a change in process.

Wintermute sez - "Not paying attention, West? There are several reports quoted above, not just one."

See above, and I still have no official release or posting indicating a change in process.

West
TSA Blog Team

May 1, 2017 at 10:21 AM
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Travelers are reluctant to complain because they fear TSA Retribution and Retaliation. Besides reports of complaints to TSA have largely gone unnoticed and not acted upon.

If contacting @AskTSA isn't an official report I have to ask why?

A one off report is one thing but when similar reports are being given around the country I think a reasonable person would take note. Given that the public, which is subject to TSA Secret Screening policies, cannot verify if a certain procedure is correct I would think TSA would be extremely careful to ensure standardization across all screening checkpoints. But apparently TSA management isn't capable of doing so.

Doober said...

Maybe you could do some of your own research, West, and find out for yourself; you could start with @TSA. How do you know that complaints haven't been filed about these instances of abuse/new rule enforcement by TSA? You don't.

Boldly said...

RB said...
GSOLTSO said...

"Yesterday I flew out of Logan and heard TSA telling all passengers to remove not just laptops but also iPads, Tablets, Kindles, GPS, etc. Anything larger than a cell phone."

This is happening. I had it happen to me. However, I asked why rather than just assuming it was some government plot. I was told it was a "pilot program".I got a few more details just by asking. TSA officers for the most part are very willing to answer questions when asked in a non confrontational way.

I didn't see any issue with it but then again, I don't think the sky is falling. Seemed easy enough.

Boldly said...

Wintermute said...
Funny, someone asks you for a link. "I'm not doing your research for you." Someone posts something you question. "Link or it's a lie." So, should we assume you are making things up when you refuse to provide l8nks when questioned?

first, I never said "link or its a lie"." so I'm not sure why you put quotes there, second, I asked as a reference. I would like to read some of these mythical reports. You are free to assume anything you want. I don't mind.

Wintermute said...

Never heard of paraphrasing?

Chip and Andy said...

Boldy said "...I would like to read some of these mythical reports."

Just like we would like to read some of these mythical answers to questions asked of the TSA. You don't get to ask us for reference while at the same time refusing to provide the references you have. You show us yours and we'll show you ours..... deal?

Doober said...

Chip and Andy - Interesting that Boldy NEVER provides any supporting material for his arguments/statements and further, when presented with evidence, he never comes back to argue his case further. What kind of behavior does that sound like to you? Yeah, me too.

screen shot/DHS IG statement

RB said...

Boldly said...
RB said...
GSOLTSO said...

"Yesterday I flew out of Logan and heard TSA telling all passengers to remove not just laptops but also iPads, Tablets, Kindles, GPS, etc. Anything larger than a cell phone."

This is happening. I had it happen to me. However, I asked why rather than just assuming it was some government plot. I was told it was a "pilot program".I got a few more details just by asking. TSA officers for the most part are very willing to answer questions when asked in a non confrontational way.

I didn't see any issue with it but then again, I don't think the sky is falling. Seemed easy enough.

May 2, 2017 at 10:04 AM

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Yet the TSA's Blog Team, part of TSA's Public Affairs mouthpiece, doesn't know about these pilot programs.

Or the information given here was not true.

GSOLTSO said...

Doober sez - "Maybe you could do some of your own research, West, and find out for yourself; you could start with @TSA. How do you know that complaints haven't been filed about these instances of abuse/new rule enforcement by TSA? You don't."

Again, @TSA is not official complaints. In many cases, it is an unverified account, making a basic claim. I have no knowledge one way or the other about the level/number of complaints. What I said was:

"As to the other comments, what they amount to is a small number of unverified accounts of situations. While TSA takes these complaints/issues seriously, posting a comment at FT or FB, is not filing an official complaint/comment with the organization. TSA can not address complaints like this without the original information, persons involved, times, dates, etc. A post like the ones mentioned here, are simply someone saying something happened, without giving the information to the organization in a format that it can use to investigate and properly address things moving forward."

I was indicating that stacking a ton of unverified comments from unidentified accounts, are different than filing official complaints with TSA through the proper channels. Performing investigations on individual accounts (on social media) with no verification or complete information is very near to a dog chasing his/her tail.

RB sez - "Yet the TSA's Blog Team, part of TSA's Public Affairs mouthpiece, doesn't know about these pilot programs.

Or the information given here was not true."

Orrrrrr, this individual simply does not know of any programs that are doing what these folks are saying - consequently, he has nothing to post about it...

West
TSA Blog Team

Doober said...

Seems like TSA addressed the issue of the "pilot program" at KCI without receiving formal complaints. Interesting to note that while TSA blamed the private screening contractor for instituting the procedure, it also said it had no plans to roll the program out nationwide and the program has been discontinued.

Wintermute said...

And yet he keeps posting on things he claims to know nothing about...

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Doober sez - "Maybe you could do some of your own research, West, and find out for yourself; you could start with @TSA. How do you know that complaints haven't been filed about these instances of abuse/new rule enforcement by TSA? You don't."

Again, @TSA is not official complaints. In many cases, it is an unverified account, making a basic claim. I have no knowledge one way or the other about the level/number of complaints. What I said was:

Then what is the purpose of @AskTSA? Some sum of money is being expended in order to operate. @AskTSA is a daily staffed function.

"As to the other comments, what they amount to is a small number of unverified accounts of situations. While TSA takes these complaints/issues seriously, posting a comment at FT or FB, is not filing an official complaint/comment with the organization. TSA can not address complaints like this without the original information, persons involved, times, dates, etc. A post like the ones mentioned here, are simply someone saying something happened, without giving the information to the organization in a format that it can use to investigate and properly address things moving forward."

If TSA took complaints seriously as you contend then the source of the complaint would not matter. The fact that people are reaching out to TSA through @AskTSA, the TSA Blog and other mediums should give rise to some concern. Not a put down by a TSA employee.

I was indicating that stacking a ton of unverified comments from unidentified accounts, are different than filing official complaints with TSA through the proper channels. Performing investigations on individual accounts (on social media) with no verification or complete information is very near to a dog chasing his/her tail.

Then take steps to verify the complaints. In the case of messages to @AskTSA there is a direct means to contact the reporter. Or is a bit of real work just to hard for TSA employees?

RB sez - "Yet the TSA's Blog Team, part of TSA's Public Affairs mouthpiece, doesn't know about these pilot programs.

Or the information given here was not true."

Orrrrrr, this individual simply does not know of any programs that are doing what these folks are saying - consequently, he has nothing to post about it...

West
TSA Blog Team

May 4, 2017 at 1:13 PM

For the TSA Blog Team to not know what current screening initiatives are in work/testing is frankly a bit disturbing. I guess you guys are no better mushrooms than the public, which severely limits the TSA Blog Teams value. Why even bother if you can't answer basic questions? Doesn't the TSA leadership trust you?

Fix the TSA said...

ROTFLMAO! West won't do any kind of research or put himself out at all to provide facts or information to the American taxpaying public.

Fix the TSA said...

What pilot program, Boldy? West, a TSA employee, doesn't know about it, but you, who refuse to say who you know that works for TSA, suddenly have the answer to the questions asked repeatedly here?

Boldly said...

Fix the TSA said...
What pilot program, Boldy? West, a TSA employee, doesn't know about it, but you, who refuse to say who you know that works for TSA, cant say what I don't know suddenly have the answer to the questions asked repeatedly here?
am I the only person who talks to TSA officers when traveling? Its really easy, just look for the people in the blue shirts. Be nice to them. Most are really great people doing a thankless job. They are willing to answer a lot of policy related questions. I simply asked "is this a new policy." I was told it was a new pilot program being tested at some airports. I could see that if it was only being piloted at some airports and not an official "policy" not every TSA officer, including West would know about it. But then again, I'm not looking for black helicopters...

Wintermute said...

Ahhh.. but you are looking for black helicopters according to some of your other comments.