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SECRETARY NAPOLITANO DISPATCHES SENIOR DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO REVIEW
SECURITY PROCEDURES WITH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LEADERS
Below, release from DHS.....


Secretary Napolitano to travel in the coming weeks to build on these
efforts

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today
announced that she is dispatching Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute,
Assistant Secretary for Policy David Heyman and other senior Department
officials on a broad international outreach effort to meet with leaders
from major international airports in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle
East and South America to review security procedures and technology
being used to screen passengers on flights bound for the United States.

"As part of the ongoing review to determine exactly what went wrong
leading up to Friday's attempted terrorist attack, we are looking not
only at our own processes, but also beyond our borders to ensure
effective aviation security measures are in place for U.S-bound flights
that originate at international airports," said Secretary Napolitano.
"Because I am fully committed to making whatever changes are necessary
to protect the safety of the traveling public, I am sending Deputy
Secretary Lute and Assistant Secretary Heyman to work with our
international partners on ways to collectively bolster our tactics for
defeating terrorists wherever they may seek to launch an attack, and I
will follow up on these efforts with ministerial-level meetings within
the next few weeks."

Deputy Secretary Lute and Assistant Secretary Heyman will first travel
to Europe, departing on Monday. While there, they will brief European
authorities on the findings of President Obama's aviation security
review and then report back to Secretary Napolitano on their discussions
on enhancing international security measures.

Following the attempted attack on Christmas Day, the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) issued a directive for additional security
measures to be implemented for last point of departure international
flights to the United States, such as increased gate pat-downs and bag
searches. At the direction of the flight crew, passengers may also be
asked to follow additional instructions, such as stowing personal items,
turning off electronic equipment and remaining seated during certain
portions of the flight.

Other security measures implemented have included the deployment of
additional law enforcement at airports, air marshals, and explosives
detection canine teams. TSA will continue to work with airline and law
enforcement authorities, as well as federal, state, local and
international partners to put additional security measures in place to
ensure that aviation security remains strong. For more information on
current security measures, visit www.tsa.gov

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