TSA Assumes Control of Checking Travel Documents

Last updated: 4/17/2008 3:54:48 PM

Click here to watch the news conference from Bill Switzer, TSA Security Director for Lambert-St. Louis.

(KSDK) -- The Transportation Security Administration continues to assume control of certain security checkpoints at airports across the country and at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Bill Switzer, TSA Federal Security Director for Lambert-St. Louis, said TSA security officers had recently taken on the responsibility of checking travel documents for passengers at the airport in recent months. Security officers are conducting document checks at more than 400 airports and will soon be doing it at all airports nationwide.Advertisement

Congress authorized the TSA to assume the job in June 2007, taking over for airline-contracted employees, Switzer said.

Switzer said security officers recently began using black lights and magnifying loupes to detect phony travel documents at Lambert-St. Louis.

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