Tuesday, April 13, 2021

TSA & Travel Safety-What You Should Know

Airline travel has become commonplace in recent years, but along with it comes serious concerns about safety.

Created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security responsible for the security of the traveling public.

The job of keeping travelers safe is an enormous one. In 2016 alone, TSA screened more than 738 million passengers.

Heightened safety concerns are not only for airports in big cities like New York and Los Angeles. Even at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, TSA agents routinely find dangerous items in carry-on luggage. Last year, some of the prohibited items found by TSA at RSW included firearms (28), stun guns and blowtorches. And an astounding 150 pounds of knives are confiscated at RSW each month.

The number of guns found RSW has doubled since 2016. Nationwide, TSA statistics indicate a 28 percent increase in firearm discoveries since 2015.

As airline safety remains a top concern, the TSA continues to evolve and update its security measures and technology. On Marco Island, we will have the chance to hear first-hand how these dedicated professionals keep us safe while we fly and the type of technology that is utilized.

On January 24, Barbara Bonn Powell, Federal Security Director at Southwest Florida International Airport and Punta Gorda Airport will give a presentation on screening technology, the TSA Pre-Check Program, international security measures and upcoming TSA rules and regulations.

IBERIABANK, 605 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, will host the presentation as part of their “In the Round” series on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. At 5:30 PM is a welcome reception, followed by Barbara Bonn Powell’s presentation at 6 PM. Admission is $3 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations call 239-393-2400.

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