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Text Of DHS’s Latest Security Directive

From the US Department Of Homeland Security:

Mr. Abdulmutallab’s underwear and bomb package.

Transportation Security Administration

Aviation Security Directive

Subject: Security Directive
Number: SD 1544-09-06
Date: December 25, 2009

EXPIRATION: 0200Z on December 30, 2009

This Security Directive (SD) must be implemented immediately. The measures contained in this SD are in addition to all other SDs currently in effect for your operations.

INFORMATION: On December 25, 2009, a terrorist attack was attempted against a flight traveling to the United States. TSA has identified security measures to be implemented by airports, aircraft operators, and foreign air carriers to mitigate potential threats to flights.


ACTIONS REQUIRED: If you conduct scheduled and/or public charter flight operations under a Full Program under 49 CFR 1544.101(a) departing from any foreign location to the United States (including its territories and possessions), you must immediately implement all measures in this SD for each such flight.


1. The aircraft operator or authorized air carrier representative must ensure all passengers are screened at the boarding gate during the boarding process using the following procedures. These procedures are in addition to the screening of all passengers at the screening checkpoint.

1. Perform thorough pat-down of all passengers at boarding gate prior to boarding, concentrating on upper legs and torso.
2. Physically inspect 100 percent of all passenger accessible property at the boarding gate prior to boarding, with focus on syringes being transported along with powders and/or liquids.
3. Ensure the liquids, aerosols, and gels restrictions are strictly adhered to in accordance with SD 1544-06-02E.

2. During the boarding process, the air carrier may exempt passengers who are Heads of State or Heads of Government from the measures outlined in Section I.A. of this SD, including the following who are traveling with the Head of State or Head of Government:

1. Spouse and children, or
2. One other individual (chosen by the Head of State or Head of Government)

3. For the purposes of Section I.B., the following definitions apply:

1. Head of State: An individual serving as the chief public representative of a monarchic or republican nation-state, federation, commonwealth, or any other political state (for example, King, Queen, and President).

2. Head of Government: The chief officer of the executive branch of a government presiding over a cabinet (for example, Prime Minister, Premier, President, and Monarch).


1. During flight, the aircraft operator must ensure that the following procedures are followed:

1. Passengers must remain in seats beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
2. Passenger access to carry-on baggage is prohibited beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
3. Disable aircraft-integrated passenger communications systems and services (phone, internet access services, live television programming, global positioning systems) prior to boarding and during all phases of flight.
4. While over U.S. airspace, flight crew may not make any announcement to passengers concerning flight path or position over cities or landmarks.
5. Passengers may not have any blankets, pillows, or personal belongings on the lap beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR ACKNOWLEDGMENT: The aircraft operator must immediately provide written confirmation to its assigned PSI indicating receipt of this SD.

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR dissemination required: The aircraft operator must immediately pass the information and directives set forth in this SD to all stations affected, and provide written confirmation to its PSI, indicating that all stations affected have acknowledged receipt of the information and directives set forth in this SD. The aircraft operator must disseminate this information to its senior management personnel, ground security coordinators, and supervisory security personnel at all affected locations. All aircraft operator personnel implementing this SD must be briefed by the aircraft operator on its content and the restrictions governing dissemination. No other dissemination may be made without prior approval of the Assistant Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration. Unauthorized dissemination of this document or information contained herein is prohibited by 49 CFR Part 1520 (see 69 Fed. Reg. 28066 (May 18, 2004).

APPROVAL OF ALTERNATIVE MEASURES: With respect to the provisions of this SD, as stated in 49 CFR 1544.305(d), the aircraft operator may submit in writing to its PSI proposed alternative measures and the basis for submitting the alternative measures for approval by the Assistant Administrator for Transportation Sector Network Management. The aircraft operator must immediately notify its PSI whenever any procedure in this SD cannot be carried out by a government authority charged with performing security procedures.

FOR TSA ACTION ONLY: The TSA must issue this SD immediately to the corporate security element of all affected U.S. aircraft operators.

FOR STATE DEPARTMENT: Retransmittal to appropriate foreign posts is authorized. Post must refer to STATE 162917, 201826Z Sep 01, Subject: FAA Security Directives and Information Circulars: Definitions and Handling, for specific guidance and dissemination.

Gale Rossides
Acting Administrator

Closing the barn door with all their might.

And freedom be damned.

But here’s a crazy thought.

What if the terrorist decides to blow up the plane before the last hour of the flight?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Text Of DHS’s Latest Security Directive”

  1. Right of the People says:

    This is going to cause a ton of hassles for anyone who is diabetic and must carry their insulin with them as it cannot be transported in checked luggage because it will be ruined if it freezes.

    I think its time for some good old fashion profiling. Maybe if we concentrate on folks who look like they fit the profile enough of the “peaceful muslims” (a mythical character if there was one) will try to stop the jihadis themselves. That probably is a fantasy but profiling works and us normal ‘mericans would be bothered.

    • jobeth says:

      A terrorist is to grannie as a diabetic is to a willie exploder. According to DHS…all the same

      What is your difficulty in understanding that? :-D

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Now I’ve seen a lot of reports on asses on S&L but not like that one in the photo!

  3. eaglewingz08 says:

    Once again the nitwit democraps don’t have a clue on security. We also will see ordinary heroes prosecuted for ‘violating’ the one hour rule to save passengers from other people with PTSD (you know what the real diagnosis is) on the airlines. Maybe we will also see airlines cutting down on their food service, since it would be egregious to give the passengers food to eat and not provide bathroom accomodations for same. Or maybe each passenger will have to build a little outhouse on the plane under each seat in order to take care of nature’s call?
    Someone should also look into the possibility that the Gorelick Wall (named for infamous democrap Jaime Gorelick at DoJ) has been reinstituted under Obama, in order to save ‘criminal prosecutions’ of men created disasters, by walling off information given to Intelligence Agencies or other government departments, from receipt by the FBI. Of course one also must feel for the FBI, half the people going to the WH nowadays would be on the no entry list because of their past radical anti american associations but they can’t do anything against the FOOs (friends of Obama).

  4. proreason says:

    I’m not getting on any planes except for the last hour of the flight.

  5. jobeth says:

    Call me crazy too. “What if the terrorist decides to blow up the plane before the last hour of the flight?”, has been my question since the beginning.

    What is so magical about the last hour of the flight? Is the terrorist going to say, “oh no…I was counting on that last hour. I can’t possibly work under these constrictions! So I quit…the world is now safe from me.”

    Get real, DHS! Oops…sorry…I forgot this is as “real’ as you get. We’re doomed.

  6. joeblough says:

    This is actually a pretty good sample of the cognitive style of the people in DC.

    What they are doing here is to outlaw the concrete specific details of this most recent dirtbag’s behavior.

    No perceptible appreciation of the bigger picture or any general principles involved. Just concrete, specific, physical details.

    This is very much like the ban on liquids that followed the attempt to use a liquid explosive a couple of years back.

    What we will end up with is a twenty volume compendium of prohibitions based on what the last bad guy just tried.

    No recognition of the underlying reality.

    But this is to give them the benefit of the doubt.– to go along with the notion that they are actually interested in stopping these airplane attacks — rather than the alternative, which is that they are putting up a plausible show to keep up their appearance and keep us quiet.


    It’s one of the worst things about evil — evil and irrationality being twins.

    It’s frequently hard to tell how much is stupidity, how much is irrationality and how much is deliberate conscious malice.

    Nonetheless, I think that we are going a little too far in the benefit of the doubt direction.

    I’m getting uneasy with the notion that people who are clever enough to finagle their way to the top of establishment institutional life are that stupid and that crazy that much of the time.

  7. BillK says:

    This is fun:

    Disable aircraft-integrated passenger communications systems and services (phone, internet access services, live television programming, global positioning systems) prior to boarding and during all phases of flight.

    So DirecTV on Frontier and JetBlue flights? Gone.

    “Livemap?” Gone.

    The in-flight Wi-Fi airlines have been rolling out? Gone.

    “We’re passing over the Grand Canyon?” Gone.

    In short, a few months from now airlines will need yet another bailout as customers stay away in droves… all because the Government refuses to do anything that might possibly offend a passenger.

    Big shock.

    Oh, and al this means is next time they’ll need to board a domestic flight.

    Yeah, that’ll stop them.

  8. U NO HOO says:


    “DEPEND® offers a full line of incontinence products to help you stay active and vital.”

    Or while inactive…

    Some of us may need this information.

    Yes, I was also offended by the photo, I’ll give SG two years to change it. Like 2015 or 2016, that’s two years, correct?

    • Steve says:

      “Yes, I was also offended by the photo…”

      It was a small attempt to compensate for all the Janet Napolitano photos of late.

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