Airport secures local vet
New Woodstock war hero named FSD at Hancock
By Willie Kiernan
The Transportation Security Administration newly named Daniel E. Liddell, Federal Security Director for Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
"Liddell has been the acting FSD at Syracuse since November of 2007," said TSA spokesperson Lara Uselding. "He has been with TSA for five years. Prior to this appointment, he was the assistant FSD."
Liddell resides in New Woodstock and is married to the former Betty Ann Murray of Boston, MA and they have four children.
"Daniel's track record indicates that he will provide excellent leadership as the FSD," said Mo McGowan, assistant administrator for security operations.
As the FSD, Liddell will oversee all TSA operations at Syracuse Hancock and operations at Binghamton, Ithaca, Watertown, Ogdensburg, Massena and Rome airports.
"We have a whole layer of security going from the curb to the cockpit," Uselding said. "Our approach involves more than just screening of all carry-on and checked baggage. We use careful analysis of intelligence to determine where best to deploy our technology resources at airports, in subways, at ports and on rail. Uses of trace portal machines enable us to detect explosives on a person. Daily vetting of passengers and airport employees against watch lists let us protect the airports. And biometrics help us prevent unauthorized access at our nations' ports. That is only the beginning."
The TSA are 43,000 security officers, inspectors, directors, air marshals and managers who protect the nation's transportation systems for safe travel. They look for bombs at checkpoints in airports, inspect rail cars, patrol subways with law enforcement partners and work to make all modes of transportation safe.
"The threats we face daily continue to grow in sophistication and complexity, and technology helps us stay ahead of those intent on harming our nation," Uselding said. "Whether it's using sophisticated screening equipment or pushing the bounds of biometric identification, technology assists our security officers in separating friend from foe, increasing efficiency and vigilance and helping minimize the impact to travelers and businesses."