Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places–Resource Guide

(U) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is providing this Security Awareness Message (SAM) to our industry partners in light of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend when large numbers of travelers will be taking to the roads, rails, and skies. This document is not issued in response to a specific threat to the Nation.

(U) The National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin reissued May 9, 2018, highlights the continuing threat posed by homegrown terrorists who use readily available tactics and weapons such as improvised explosive devices, vehicle ramming, small arms, and edged weapons. At present, the TSA Office of Intelligence and Analysis is not aware of information to suggest any imminent plots against the United States’ surface transportation modes. However, the potential remains for individuals, who are radicalized or otherwise motivated to violence, to attack the nation’s transportation systems.

(U) TSA remains concerned about attacks perpetrated by homegrown violent extremists and lone offenders in the Homeland and abroad, particularly in places where crowds gather. In light of the attractiveness of such soft targets, TSA encourages our industry partners to review the “Security of Soft Targets and Crowded Places- Resource Guide” from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection for tools and training to enhance the security of these locations.

(U) TSA encourages transportation stakeholders to report suspicious activity in accordance with their company’s or agency’s security plan. Persons whose behavior does not fit their circumstances or surroundings should be brought to the attention of law enforcement. Contact information for company supervisors, local law enforcement, and the local FBI field office should be readily available to employees to assist them in reporting suspicious activity.

(U) For mass transit and passenger rail operators, Operation RAILSAFE is scheduled for May 24, 2018. Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to increase security at transit stations, railroad stations, and rights-of-way. If eligible under program guidance, transit and passenger rail systems that have received funding through the Transit Security Grant Program may reprogram funds to cover costs associated with implementing the actions recommended in this message, including operational overtime expenses, for the period May 23-29, 2018.

Sonya T. Proctor

Director, Surface Division

Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement

Transportation Security Administration

Department of Homeland Security

Please find the attached information for your reference: TSA Memorial Day 2018 Security Awareness Message