Transportation Security Administration

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Transportation Security Administration
Administrator:John S. Pistole
Year created:2001
Official website:Office website
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a United States executive agency formed in 2001 to "protect the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce."[1] The current director is John S. Pistole, who was confirmed to the post in July 2010, though he announced on October 16, 2014, that he would step down by the end of the year.[2][3] The TSA is a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, though it was formed in the U.S. Department of Transportation and moved to Homeland Security in 2003.[4]


Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the 107th Congress passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001. The agency took over security and training of security officers in commercial airports. They also screen all bags that go into the airport terminals.[4]



According to its official website, the TSA's mission statement is as follows:

Protect the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.[5]



The current administrator of the TSA is John S. Pistole.[2] Pistole announced he would resign his office at the end of 2014.[3]

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