TSA Administrator visits Yemen, meets with security officials in GermanyNovember 4th, 2010 - 3:12 am ICT by BNO News
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole on Wednesday visited Yemen to meet with government officials including Yemen Deputy Prime Minister Rashad al-Alimi and Civil aviation officials, TSA said.
The TSA Administrator also received briefings from TSA inspectors deployed to Yemen, and toured a cargo facility in Sana’a.
Pistole’s visit came after two bombs were found aboard U.S.-bound cargo jets in England and Dubai on Friday, officials said, sparking an international airline security scare and prompting U.S. authorities to search several planes and increase aviation security.
On Tuesday, Pistole spoke met with international aviation security officials in Frankfurt and signed an international security agreement with Germany.
“We face a determined enemy, one who modifies their actions looking for any opportunity to exploit security. Working closely with counterterrorism officials here and abroad, TSA will continue to use the best intelligence, leverage the latest technology, and remain vigilant to address evolving threats,” said Pistole.
The U.S. banned all air cargo shipments from Yemen to the United States after the plot blamed on Al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula was discovered. The U.K., France and Germany also banned all freight from Yemen.
In response to Friday’s terror plot, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will take a number of steps to enhance aviation security.
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