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FLETC Provides Life Saving Training to State, Local and Tribal Officers

March 21, 2017 - 8:31pm

In addition to training federal law enforcement, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) also has a robust mission to provide training to our nation’s state, local and tribal law enforcement officers. FLETC trained more than 4,500 state, local, tribal, and territorial students last fiscal year.

The program was originally established by President Ronald Reagan as the National Center for State and Local Law Enforcement Training on October 1982 in response to the findings of the Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime.  Task Force members had serious concerns about the rising crime rate in the United States and urged that the Federal Government take a more active role in providing law enforcement training for state and local agencies.  

The State, Local and Tribal Division (SLTD) is located at the FLETC headquarters in Glynco, Georgia, but exports law enforcement training on a variety of topics across the country.  Some of the most popular classes include the Active Shooter Threat Training Program, Active Shooter Threat Instructor Training Program, Basic Tactical Medical Instructor Training Program, and Tactical Medical for First Responders.

FLETC employs the life-saving training during an outdoor exercise. (Photo courtesy of FLETC/DHS)

Since the full implementation of Tactical Medical training at the FLETC, there have been numerous instances of applied training directly attributed to lives saved.  Officers receive a minimum of eight hours of training in basic tactical medical procedures and leave the training with a standardized Individual First-Aid Kit (IFAK).  The IFAK contains only items to be used for immediate life saving measures during evolving, sometimes austere environments. 

Often Tactical Medical Training Students at FLETC use the skills or the IFAK within hours or days of graduation.  One student was able to apply a tourniquet to control bleeding for the victim of domestic abuse.  Another student used a chest seal to treat the victim of multiple gunshots.  One officer who’s partner had been shot, used techniques learned in class including using hemostatic agent to treat his partner and extraction techniques to secure his partner’s weapon and remove him from a second floor window. 

While these success stories highlight the programs importance and applicability, it also applies to “everyday” scenarios.  A student attending a family function had a family member suffer a major laceration to his upper thigh.  The student was able to apply the tourniquet issued with his IFAK and stop the bleeding.  This situation highlights the skills taught in the Tactical Medical program and their importance in everyday life, not just law enforcement situations. 

A FLETC student applies direct pressure and a tourniquet to simulated wound during a class.  (Photo courtesy of FLETC/DHS)

FLETC routinely receives feedback on how the program has impacted the everyday lives of the officers.  Officers have begun re-thinking the location of the first-aid kits in their vehicles keeping them accessible and known to other officers, carrying the lifesaving gear with them, evaluating methods to control bleeding, as well as scanning for threats when entering an area.  As a result, the Tactical Medical program is impacting the daily activities of officers across the country in ways not seen in many years and saving lives.

The advanced training programs and workshops offered are developed with the advice, assistance and support of federal, state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement agencies and experts. Training is continuously updated to ensure accuracy and relevance to today’s issues and is certified by each state’s Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) if and when certification is available.

State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies can find out more on FLETC courses available to them at the website at

Topics:  First Responders, Homeland Security Enterprise, Law Enforcement Partnerships Keywords:  FLETC, dhs, law enforcement, department of homeland security Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard Win 11 Medals in Culinary Competition

March 17, 2017 - 4:56pm

Earlier this month a team of U.S. Coast Guard chefs won seven Silver and four Bronze medals at the 42nd Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event in Fort Lee, Virginia. The Coast Guard Culinary Specialists serve in approximately 370 units worldwide supporting the Coast Guard mission by preparing nutritious meals for crew members and serving in various collateral duties on board the unit. Participants competed against each other in this event, promoting growth in the culinary profession with special attention to the tenets of modern culinary ability, practicality, nutrition, workmanship, economy, presentation, creativity and concept.

The Coast Guard chefs assigned to the Executive Dining Facility (EDF) at DHS headquarters, joined alongside the U.S. Coast Guard’s culinary team to participate in the Army Mobile Kitchen Trailer event, producing a three-course meal for 50 people using field equipment powered by jet fuel. The Coast Guard team was comprised of culinary specialists from Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach; Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater in Portsmouth, Virginia; Cutter Obion in Owensboro, Kentucky, as well as Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Senior Chief Petty Officer James Swenson (left back to front) Master Chief Petty Officer Justin Reed, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ben Stockman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Kellie Lundy, Petty Officer 1st Class Judah Clark (right back to front), Chief Petty Officer Eddie Fuchs, Petty Officer 1st Class Scott Jeffries, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Jackson and Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephanie Bruce-Torres compete in the 42nd Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Virginia, March 4, 2017. All Coast Guard culinary specialists, the team came from units in Hampton Roads, the Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard Headquarters as well as Coast Guard Cutter Obion. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

Attendees eagerly anticipate their meals as competitors work to prepare food at the 42nd Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Virginia, March 4, 2017. The Coast Guard's culinary team was comprised of culinary specialists from units in Hampton Roads, the Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard Headquarters as well as Coast Guard Cutter Obion. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent of Coast Guard culinarians and train with master chefs from the American Culinary Federation,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Justin Reed, culinary specialist rating force master chief for the Coast Guard and team leader for the competition. “I am very proud of all the Coast Guard culinary specialists and look forward to next year when we hope to win the coveted Military Culinary Team of the Year.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ben Stockman (right) chats with a judge during 42nd Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Virginia, March 4, 2017. The Coast Guard's culinary team was comprised of culinary specialists from units in Hampton Roads, the Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard Headquarters as well as Coast Guard Cutter Obion. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

The Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee is the largest military culinary competition in the North America. Since 1973, the competition has been held each year with the exception of 1991 and 2003, during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The competition is sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation and showcases the talents of military chefs from around the globe in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Keywords:  coast guard Public Affairs

Secretary Kelly Visits Canada

March 14, 2017 - 9:41pm

Secretary John Kelly made his first trip to Canada as Secretary of Homeland Security last week and met with his counterparts across the Canadian cabinet. 

His first stop in Ottawa was at the U.S. Embassy and a meeting with Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Aubin and Embassy staff.

The DHS workforce carries out our mission at home and abroad, and while at the U.S. Embassy, Secretary Kelly had the opportunity to meet with DHS employees supporting the DHS mission in Ottawa. Secretary Kelly, a retired Marine Corps General, was also honored to meet U.S. Marines who guard the U.S. Embassy

Secretary Kelly met with Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale to discuss priority matters pertaining to our shared Northern border, such as the 400,000 people and $2.4 billion in trade that cross every day.

Secretary Kelly also held discussions with Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed D. Hussen, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland on additional important areas of Canada-U.S. mutual interest including aviation security, law enforcement collaboration, infrastructure, and immigration, refugee and visa policy.

While in Ottawa, Secretary Kelly presented flowers at the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A strong relationship between the United States and Canada is essential to the facilitation of lawful trade and travel, while ensuring our mutual security. Secretary Kelly’s first trip to Canada allowed for conversations on our shared interests, common challenges, and next steps for joint initiatives.

Learn more about Secretary Kelly’s trip to Canada here.

Keywords:  Secretary John Kelly, Canada-United States partnership Public Affairs

Secretary Kelly Meets with DHS Employees in Dallas

March 9, 2017 - 9:14pm

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly traveled to Dallas, Texas, this week, where he met with DHS leadership and employees.  This is the latest in a series of employee events Secretary Kelly attended to hear perspectives on the Department and its missions from the men and women on the front lines. 

Secretary Kelly started the day by speaking to the leadership of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations. He thanked them for their leadership in enforcing the law and combatting criminal organizations that exploit America's travel, trade, financial and immigration systems.  Secretary Kelly also pledged his strong support for the enforcement efforts taking place under the direction of Acting ICE Director Tom Homan.

Secretary Kelly addresses HSI leadership at the ICE Training Academy in Dallas.

Secretary Kelly takes questions from the DHS workforce at Dallas Fort Worth Airport.

Secretary Kelly recognizes TSA Regional Director Michal Rottman on her last day at the agency.

Secretary Kelly then visited Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, one of the nation’s busiest, where he met with employees from Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) during a town hall-style meeting.  He vowed that DHS and the administration had their backs as they implemented the president’s recent executive orders designed to protect the nation from foreign terrorists and improve enforcement of immigration laws.  The Secretary also thanked employees for their hard work and professionalism in implementing these orders.  He also recognized Michal Rottman, Regional Director for TSA, who was leaving the agency after 15 years, and answered questions from employees.  Following his meeting with employees, Secretary Kelly received a briefing of the airport’s security operations.

Topics:  Border Security, DHS Enterprise, Homeland Security Enterprise, Immigration Enforcement, Transportation Security Keywords:  dhs, department of homeland security, TSA, immigration enforcement Public Affairs

Secretary Kelly Speaks to International Association of Fire Fighters

March 9, 2017 - 5:52pm

Earlier this week, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly addressed the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss the Department’s priorities.  

The partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the IAFF is critical. Together, we work to support our strong, resilient communities.  

Secretary Kelly stressed the importance of supporting the Nation’s firefighters who protect their hometowns. Secretary Kelly specifically cited the need for emotional support and highlighted the grand opening of the IAFF’s Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery in Upper Marlboro, Maryland outside of Washington, D.C. This inpatient facility is staffed with professionals who are highly trained to understand the unique challenges and stressor of firefighters’ day-to-day lives.

During his remarks, Secretary Kelly also highlighted the importance of this partnership between local firefighters and the Department of Homeland Security. The security of our Nation, Secretary Kelly said, is too large and complex for just one Department to handle alone. Therefore, we continue to rely on the expertise and input from state, local, tribal, and territorial partners in a whole community approach.

Secretary Kelly thanked the IAFF members for their longstanding commitment over the past 99 years to the support of firefighters and keeping citizens safe.

Topics:  DHS Enterprise Keywords:  dhs, homeland security, department of homeland security Public Affairs

Honoring 29 Years of Service: Farewell, Director Clancy

March 5, 2017 - 2:24am

In October 2014, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) accepted an appointment to serve as the Acting Director of the U.S. Secret Service. By February 18, 2015, the President of the United States had asked him to settle in for the long haul.

Director Clancy’s service began in May 1984 in the Philadelphia field office before he was transferred to the Presidential Protective Division where he served for eight years. From the field, to the White House, to USSS Headquarters, to Congress as a detailee to the Commerce, Justice and State Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, and to internal affairs, Director Clancy dedicated himself to a life of service.

The appointment to the Acting role as the Director of the Secret Service brought Director Clancy out of retirement. Director Clancy emerged as a true leader in the agency and Department’s moment of need, and demonstrated once again that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s foundation rests on the backs of the men and women, the true public servants, who carry out its mission.

Secretary Kelly honored Director Clancy’s 29 years of dedicated service with the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Director Clancy will always champion the good work done by the men and women of the Secret Service in service to this country, and presented Secretary Kelly with a gift welcoming him into the fold of the USSS family. Ahead of an interagency hockey game against the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Secretary Kelly received a hockey jersey so that he may proudly represent the Secret Service colors.

Thank you, Director Clancy, for your years of unwavering commitment and honorable service to the Department.

Honoring Women and Recognizing their Contributions During Women's History Month

March 2, 2017 - 1:59pm

Each March, we celebrate Women’s History Month—a time to recognize the extraordinary achievements of American women. This year’s theme: “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” pays homage to the courage and perseverance of women who challenged the antiquated perceptions of their contributions and value in the paid labor force, defying societal norms and improving working conditions and wages for all women.

In keeping with this year’s theme, we honor the extraordinary women of DHS leading the charge of safeguarding our homeland and our values. Here at DHS, women in civil service are leading in remarkable ways—shaping public policies, securing and managing our borders, preventing and obstructing terrorist and public safety threats, and protecting our nation’s cyber networks and critical infrastructure. Every day, women of DHS are inspiring future leaders in the homeland security enterprise.

We also honor the men and women of DHS who work tirelessly to uphold the rights of women who are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other crimes. Through the work of the Blue Campaign, DHS’s unified voice to combat human trafficking; the DHS Council on Combating Violence Against Women; FLETC’s international Women In Law Enforcement Leadership Training Program; and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ immigration relief for victims of crimes, to name just a few, DHS provides resources for the safety and empowerment of women throughout the United States

I am very proud to work with such a remarkable group of women who contribute to the mission of DHS, and who continue to overcome barriers each and every day. Please join me as we honor women who blazed trails in labor, business, and government, and who are creating pathways for future generations.


John F. Kelly
Secretary of Homeland Security

With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

Topics:  Homeland Security Enterprise Public Affairs

Coast Guard Seizes Cocaine Worth an Estimated $125 Million

March 1, 2017 - 9:51pm

The U.S. Coast Guard this week offloaded approximately 4.2 tons of seized cocaine, worth an estimated $125 million in wholesale value, at Coast Guard Sector San Juan.

Four Guyanese men apprehended in this case were transferred Saturday to federal law enforcement authorities in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where they face potential prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office-District of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This interdiction is the largest maritime seizure in the Atlantic since 1999 and was the result of ongoing, multi-agency and international law enforcement efforts led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Saint Croix and assisted by DEA Barbados Office and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard, and international cooperation, including the British National Crime Agency (NCA).

Photo above: The Coast Guard offloaded approximately 4.2 tons of seized cocaine, worth an estimated $125 million in wholesale value, at Coast Guard Sector San Juan. (Photo courtesy of DEA)

During the night of Feb. 16, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier detected and interdicted a suspicious fishing vessel in international waters north of Paramaribo, Suriname, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Joseph Napier crew interdicted the 70-foot fishing vessel, Lady Michelle, detained the four suspected smugglers and seized numerous bales of contraband, which tested positive for cocaine.  Following the interdiction, a Trinidad and Tobago SPA class Coast Guard cutter based out of Staubles Bay, Trinidad, which was on a joint patrol with the Joseph Napier, provided safety and escort assistance on scene.

The crew of the Joseph Napier seized the contraband, apprehended the detainees, and towed the fishing vessel until relieved by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant. Vigilant then towed the fishing vessel to the island of St. Vincent, where the Lady Michelle is registered, and transferred the seized vessel to the custody of the St. Vincent Coast Guard.

The contraband was transported to Puerto Rico, where it was disembarked and placed in the custody of DEA, Caribbean Division special agents for processing and disposition.

"The excellent coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard, and international law enforcement agencies prevented this major drug shipment from reaching our communities," said Capt. Robert W. Warren, Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander.  "We appreciate our continued partnerships with the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and St. Vincent Coast Guard. Our collective efforts are working to secure our region’s maritime borders and protect our citizens from this threat."

“As the cocaine flow from South America continues to increase, law enforcement partners in the Eastern Caribbean Region have to increase our collaborative efforts in order to effectively respond to the threat,” said James Doby, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) DEA Caribbean Division. “Such collaborative efforts are currently underway in the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force, where law enforcement partners are collocated every day.”

The Coast Guard’s efforts under Operation Unified Resolve contribute to the interagency results being achieved locally each and every day under Operation Caribbean Guard, which coordinates efforts between the Coast Guard, DHS and the Commonwealth and Territorial law enforcement partners, who are working diligently to deter, detect and disrupt illicit maritime trafficking to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier is a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter homeported in San Juan. The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant is a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Port Canaveral, Florida.

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Topics:  Maritime Keywords:  coast guard, uscg Public Affairs

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Concludes, but the Fight Continues

February 2, 2017 - 5:46pm

By Presidential Proclamation, January recognized National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, rallying the public to raise awareness about and end this heinous crime. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), alongside many other federal agencies, organizations, and individuals across the country worked to increase awareness throughout January.

The DHS Blue Campaign, the unified voice for DHS efforts to combat human trafficking, organized and participated in several signature Washington D.C. area-events, released new resources on our website, and launched social media initiatives to foster conversation about how we can end human trafficking in our communities.

  • Blue Campaign launched the new “Second Look” PSA which will run on TV and radio stations through 2017 and in Amtrak stations across the country.
  • Blue Campaign and the D.C. Mayor’s Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants’ combating human trafficking event took place on January 11, Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The event included a panel discussion with federal and local law enforcement officials, victim services organizations, and a human trafficking survivor, all of which shared successes and challenges in combating human trafficking in Washington, D.C.
  • National Wear Blue Day, also held on January 11, encouraged people nationwide to post a photo of themselves, friends, family, and colleagues wearing blue clothing on social media using the hashtag #WearBlueDay to raise awareness of human trafficking. The Wear Blue Day social media campaign brought tangible visibility to this issue, created conversation nationwide, and directed participants to the Blue Campaign. The hashtag reached more than 4 million people on Twitter alone!
  • Blue Campaign and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce human trafficking meeting on January 18 brought together private sector organizations working to end human trafficking in their respective industries. UPS, Wal-mart, and Uber were some of the businesses to speak on the panel alongside former DHS Acting Deputy Secretary, Russell C. Deyo, who shared remarks about Blue Campaign’s support of industry efforts to combat human trafficking.  The Blue Campaign was also proud to announce its formal partnerships with UPS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.   
  • Blue Campaign launched a Thunderclap initiative to expand the reach of human trafficking awareness on social media. On January 25 at 3:00 PM, the message “This Human Trafficking Awareness Month I joined the DHS #BlueCampaign to #endtrafficking. Join in the fight.” was posted to 220 registered social media accounts and reached more than 855,000 people.

Together, this January, we helped raise public consciousness of human trafficking across the country.  While National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month may be over, we know the importance of continuing this work year-round. 

For more information about the Blue Campaign and how you can get involved, visit:

Topics:  Human Trafficking Keywords:  Blue Campaign, human trafficking Public Affairs

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month: Join the Fight

January 3, 2017 - 5:26pm

The mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.  As a Department, we work to combat the heinous crime of human trafficking each day because it robs people of their freedom; it makes our homeland less secure; and it stands in stark contrast to our American values.  

By Presidential Proclamation, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. DHS employees can take a stand against human trafficking by recommitting ourselves to the fight to end human trafficking in the United States. But you don’t have to be a homeland security professional to combat human trafficking.  This January, learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, and where to report suspected instances. We need you to help end trafficking in your community.

January 11 is the Blue Campaign’s "Wear Blue Day", a day where we can all pledge our solidarity with victims of human trafficking and raise awareness about, and work to end, this heinous crime.  You can participate by wearing blue and contributing to the campaign on social media using #WearBlueDay.   Help us bring trafficking out of the shadows and into plain sight.

DHS created the Blue Campaign in 2010 to serve as the Department’s unified voice to combat human trafficking. By prioritizing the fight against human trafficking and improving our coordination across the Department on this important issue, we embarked on a concerted effort to raise public consciousness of human trafficking, protect victims, and bring perpetrators to justice.  Please join us in this important fight.   

Russell C. Deyo

Holiday Travel Tips: 2016

December 22, 2016 - 9:44pm

Originally posted on The TSA Blog.

Traveling for the holidays? Just as with Thanksgiving, we’d like to offer you some relevant news and tips to help get you to your destination a little easier. 

What's New?

You can now view TSA Pre✓® lane schedule at the nation’s largest airports. Travelers can enter their airport, day of week and time of day they’re traveling, and the tool will return the availability of TSA Pre✓® lanes. Go ahead and try it out! When no lane is available, travelers can show their boarding passes with the TSA Pre✓® indicator to receive expedited screening in a standard lane. 

What is TSA Pre✓®? 

In a nutshell, it allows eligible travelers to receive expedited screening. In layman’s terms, it means you get through security really fast. The average wait time in TSA Pre✓® lanes is under 5 minutes! Even if a TSA Pre✓® line looks longer, they move much faster than a standard lane with more convenience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. If you haven’t already, apply now! Today, there are more than 12 million trusted travelers, including those enrolled in TSA Pre✓®, Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI.  These trusted travelers have access to faster TSA Pre✓® lanes at more than 180 airports when flying with participating airlines. Before you apply, please review the various DHS trusted traveler programs to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and determine the best program for you.

Travel Tips Wrapped Gifts are Allowed, but Not Encouraged

We’re not the Heat Miser; however, we might have to unwrap gifts. If there’s something in the gift that needs to be inspected, we may have to open it. Our officers try their best not to mangle the gift wrap, but it’s not a guarantee and it also slows down the line for everybody else. 

Snow Globes

TSA now allows small snow globes in carry-on luggage when packed in a passenger's plastic 3.4 oz bag. Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis-ball size) will be permitted if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic, quart-sized, re-sealable bag as a passenger’s other liquids. 

Christmas Crackers

Not the kind you eat with a delicious cheese-ball, but the kind that “cracks” when you pull it apart. They’re a part of a lot of people’s Christmas traditions, but they’re prohibited on aircraft. 

Arrive Prepared

Just as you would take the time to prepare a delicious Thanksgiving meal, you should take the time to arrive early to the airport to allow enough time to park, get your boarding pass, check your baggage and go through the security checkpoint. We recommend arriving at the airport up to two hours before your domestic flight if you are not yet enrolled in TSA Pre✓®. Also, we recommend noting when your airline gate closes by referring to your boarding pass.  

TSA Pre✓® Not Reflected on Boarding Pass

If you’re looking at your boarding pass and you don’t see the TSA Pre✓® indicator even though you’re an approved trusted traveler, we’re here to help! Get live assistance by tweeting @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger. Our AskTSA team can help resolve any issues. If you prefer to call, you can reach out to our contact center.  

Prohibited Items

Some travelers pack the craziest items. Make sure you’re items are allowed by using the “Can I Bring My…” tool to enter the item you want to pack. It will tell you whether you can pack it in your carry-on or checked bag. You may also refer to our prohibited items list. If you still can’t find the answer, reach out to our @AskTSA team via Twitter or Facebook Messenger and they’ll get back to you right away with an answer. You can even send them a photograph of the item in question. If you’re grabbing a bag, suitcase, briefcase, jacket or other item you haven’t used in a while, be sure to give it the onceover so you don’t accidentally take something prohibited to the checkpoint. Many people who have brought guns, ammunition, knives and other prohibited item say that they did so unknowingly. So far this year, over 2,00o firearms have been discovered in carry-on bags.  


E-cigarettes and vape pens are only allowed in carry-on bags. They’re prohibited in checked bags due to their lithium battery’s propensity to catch fire. Read more information in our blog post on the subject. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The FAA has declared Samsung Note 7 devices as forbidden hazardous materials and has banned them altogether from flight. You can read more at the FAA webpage


TSA will continue to accept driver’s licenses issued by all states through January 2018 and, then, will continue to accept licenses from all compliant states or noncompliant states with an extension. 

Liquids, Gels & Aerosols

If you’re checking a bag, make your life simple by packing liquids in your checked baggage. That way, you don’t have to worry about the liquids rules. You’re allowed to take as many 3.4 ounce or smaller sized containers that will fit in one sealed, clear, quart-sized zip-top bag – and one bag per person. Make sure you take the zip-top bag out of your carry-on prior to sending it through the X-ray. 

  • Deodorant: Flying with deodorant isn’t a sticky situation. Stick deodorant is not limited to 3.4 oz or less, but gel or spray deodorant is. Read more about deodorant at our blog.
  • Makeup: Any liquid makeup cosmetics such as eyeliner, nail polish, liquid foundation, etc., should be placed in the baggie. That goes for perfume as well. Powder makeup is fine. Read our blog post on traveling with beauty products.
  • Beverages: Wine, liquor, beer and all of your favorite beverages are permitted in your checked baggage. You can also bring beverages packaged in 3.4 oz or less bottles in your carry-on in the liquids bag. Just because you can pack alcohol doesn’t mean that you can drink them on the flight. FAA regulations state that “No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage.”
  • Foods: Cakes, pies, bread, donuts, fruits, vegetables, turkeys, etc., are all allowed.
Dry Ice

Find out how to travel with dry ice to keep your favorite vittles preserved while traveling.  

Shaving Razors

Certain razors are permitted. Learn which razors you can fly with.  


Anything with blades, points or spikes should be placed in your checked baggage. This includes knives of all sizes, as well as blender and food processor blades. Nail clippers and corkscrews are permitted, but models with blades attached are prohibited.

Forgotten or Lost IDs

If you have lost or forgotten your ID, you will still be allowed to fly as long as you help us verify you are who you say you are by answering a few questions.  


You can’t go anywhere without some kind of battery these days. Learn about what types of batteries you can travel with.  


One of the more popular questions we get from travelers is: “Can I travel with my medication?” The answer is yes, with some qualifiers.  

Traveling With Children

Did you know that children 12 and under can keep their shoes on? Read about the screening process and how to best pack for your child.  

Traveling With a Pet

Contact your airline first to ask about requirements, fees or restrictions they might have. Read about going through security screening with your pet.  


Read about the best practices when going through security with your jewelry. There are a few different choices that you can make based on what kind of jewelry it is.

Baggage Locks

Want to lock your checked baggage? Be sure to read about TSA recognized locks.  

TSA Cares Helpline

Call TSA Cares toll free at 855-787-2227 if you or a family member with a disability or medical condition have questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint 72 hours prior to traveling.  

Military Travel

TSA offers screening benefits for members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Active duty service members and Cadets and midshipmen of the U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy and Air Force Academy are also eligible to receive TSA Pre✓® screening benefits. Supply your DoD ID number as your Known Traveler Number on each reservation. Learn about TSA Pre✓®.  

Lose Something?

Contact the airport lost and found. It’s a good idea to tape your business card or contact info to your valuable electronics or other items. Not only does this help us contact you if you lose your items, it prevents travelers from grabbing the wrong item by mistake. You can also contact our AskTSA team via Twitter at @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger


Still have questions? Reach out to our AskTSA team via Twitter at @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger. We have a team standing by from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. If you prefer to call or submit an online form, you can reach out to our contact center weekdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET and weekends/holidays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.  

Public Affairs

Staying Safe Online While On-the-Go this Holiday Season

December 21, 2016 - 5:14pm

Originally posted on The TSA Blog

For most Americans, the holidays are a time for traveling to see loved ones near and far. Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile, chances are you will have at least one connected device in tow. Mobile devices have become an almost essential tool for us all as we travel. We use them to help us navigate a new city, to board a plane with mobile boarding passes, and to share photos of our trip on social media.    However, for as often as Americans rely on their mobile devices, most are not thinking about the risks associated with connected devices nearly enough. This holiday season, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is urging everyone to keep their cybersecurity at the top of their list as they use their phones, tablets, and other connected devices while on the go. Below are simple ways to better protect yourself online and avoid cybercrime while you are traveling.
  • Avoid free Wi-Fi networks. Though convenient, free Wi-Fi networks – like in some airports, hotels, train stations or cafés – are often used by cybercriminals to access your online accounts and personal information. Before connecting, confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. Never conduct sensitive activities, such as online shopping, banking, or sensitive work, using a public wireless network.
  • Lock down your login. Always opt to enable strong authentication when available, especially for accounts with sensitive information including your email or bank accounts. A strong authentication helps verify a user has authorized access to an online account. For example, it could be a one-time PIN texted to a mobile device, providing an added layer of security beyond the password. The White House recently launched the “Lock Down Your Login” campaign to encourage all Americans to enable stronger authentication. Visit for more information.
  • Guard your mobile device. To prevent theft and unauthorized access or loss of sensitive information, never leave your mobile devices unattended in a public place. Keep your devices secured in taxis, at airports, on airplanes, and in your hotel room.

DHS is committed to helping Americans secure their online lives. Please visit the Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit for more online safety resources including the Cybersecurity While Traveling Tip Card, Mobile Security Tip Card, and Best Practices for Using Public Wi-F- Tip Card. For more information, please visit the Stop.Think.Connect. webpage.


Public Affairs

Photo of the Week

December 19, 2016 - 9:56pm

Securing the seas from smugglers. The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads 26.5 tons of cocaine with an estimated worth of $715 million, seized in international waters since October 1. Cutter Hamilton returned home from its maiden voyage last week, just in time for the holidays.

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Photo of the Week

December 10, 2016 - 1:59am

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Honoring the fallen of yesterday, as we protect tomorrow. A surviving U.S. servicemember reflects during a ceremony for the 75th Commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Official U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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Honoring the Past, Training for the Future

December 5, 2016 - 11:43pm

Since the devastating terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, law enforcement in this nation has changed. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) quickly understood this new reality meant law enforcement training had to change, too. We recall that on September 12, Americans woke up with a renewed sense of patriotism born out of the necessity to ensure such tragedy never happened again. The newest building on our FLETC campus is named after September 12, 2001, and symbolizes that spirit as we train those who protect our homeland.

Last week, we opened Building 9/12, a state-of-the-art training facility that building significantly expands the current operations and capabilities of our headquarters in Glynco, Georgia to provide exemplary training to our law enforcement in the face of a rapidly changing threat environment. The building is also as a symbolic gesture representing our country’s evolution immediately following September 11, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and honoring those who choose to become law enforcement officers and agents in the service of our nation.

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More than 150 FLETC employees, partner organizations, community leaders, and congressional staffers joined me as we recognized the significant effort that went into the design and construction of this building.

This new building also expands FLETC’s capacity and flexibility to host special events, graduations, and summits, while also offering opportunities for cost savings. As a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver construction project, this building is environmentally efficient, and even features a “living pond” that collects, filters, and holds 100 percent of the facility’s own storm water.

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 Building 9/12 pays a special and unique tribute to the nobility of the law enforcement profession through four memorial and historical displays, including FLETC’s 9/11 Memorial; the FLETC Graduates Memorial; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Canine Memorial; and the Glynco Historical Display, which tells the story of Glynco’s evolution from an operational naval air station during World War II to the headquarters for our nation’s largest law enforcement training facility.

Today, Building 9/12 stands proudly on the grounds of the FLETC as a living testament to the Department’s leadership and evolution. Together as one DHS, we adapt to and proactively address emerging threats, we support our partners’ needs, and we advance the nation’s homeland security goals.

Connie Patrick Director, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

Photo of the Week

December 5, 2016 - 2:14pm

Safeguarding the holiday season. A U.S. Secret Service agent protects President Obama and the First Family during the National Christmas Tree lighting at President’s Park in Washington, D.C.

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