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Wednesday
Nov032010

Yemen Plot: TSA Chief John Pistole visits Yemen and Germany 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- TSA Administrator John S. Pistole Wednesday visited Yemen to meet with government officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Rashad al-Alimi, officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Interior, as well as the U.S. Ambassador. 

The TSA administrator also received briefings from TSA inspectors deployed to Yemen and expressed his gratitude for their work.

Additionally, Pistole toured a cargo facility in Sana'a. On Tuesday, Pistole spoke to the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) AVSEC World Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, met with international
aviation security officials and signed an international security agreement with Germany. 

Following the disruption of an attempt last week to ship explosive devices on board aircraft bound for the U.S, TSA and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) took immediate measures to enhance existing protocols for screening inbound cargo, including grounding packages originating from Yemen destined for the U.S. and deploying a team of inspectors to assist the government of Yemen with their cargo screening procedures.

"I am pleased with the work of our TSA inspectors and the cooperation of Yemeni officials to improve cargo security practices," said Pistole. "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."

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