Airport Industry Commends TSA Administrator Pistole for His Service

October 16, 2014


WASHINGTON—Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole that he will be departing the agency:

“On behalf of Airports Council International-North America’s airport and associate members, I sincerely thank Administrator Pistole for his steadfast leadership of the Transportation Security Administration these past four years,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.  “When I joined ACI-NA at the beginning of 2014, Administrator Pistole was one of the federal officials with whom I first met, and I very much value the strength of the partnership I was able to build with him and the TSA senior leadership team in such a short time.

“Administrator Pistole has been an honorable and diligent public servant during a very complicated chapter in our nation’s history. Most notably for ACI-NA’s membership and the millions of passengers who travel through North American airports, his leadership in implementing effective, risk-based security initiatives—such as TSA PreCheck™—has established a strong foundation for more efficient screening protocols without sacrificing the security of the traveling public.

“We look forward to President Obama soon nominating a successor who will further enhance industry collaboration on innovative security solutions for the full benefit of all Americans.  Our strong and productive partnership with TSA’s senior leadership team continues during these remaining months of Administrator Pistole’s tenure to ensure a seamless transition.”


About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports. Collectively, U.S. airports support more than 11.5 million jobs and account for $1.4 trillion in economic activity – or more than seven percent of the total U.S. GDP. Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada’s GDP. Learn more at