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Our History

How We Began

We began our work following the events of September 11, 2001 to fill a critical gap in transportation security.

We were created in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act, passed by the 107th Congress on November 19, 2001, established our agency and gave it three major mandates:

In the largest civilian undertaking in the history of the U.S. government, we met these Congressional deadlines. In March 2003, we were moved from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security that was created on November 25, 2002 by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, unifying the nation's response to threats to the homeland.

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Click here to read about some of our accomplishments during the first five years and an essay by one of our own discussing rededicating ourselves to America and TSA.
Click here to read the poem "One" by Cheryl Sawyer.