U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano met yesterday with Brazilian Minister of Defense Nelson Jobim to reaffirm the shared commitment of the U.S. and Brazil to strengthening the global aviation system. The U.S. and Brazil signed a Joint Statement of Intent on aviation security between DHS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Empresa Brasileira de Infra-Estrutura Aeroportuária (INFRAERO), a state-owned company which operates under the Brazilian Ministry of Defense.
During today’s meeting, Secretary Napolitano and Minister Jobim highlighted their mutual commitment to strengthening aviation security through enhanced employee training and continued collaboration by both nations to develop and implement best practices regarding screening, equipment testing and certification and airport security standards.
Secretary Napolitano also applauded Brazil’s support for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) recent adoption of a historic Declaration on Aviation Security—forging a new foundation for aviation security that will better protect the entire global aviation system from evolving terrorist threats.
“Together, the international community is forging a 21st century international aviation security framework that will make air travel safer and more secure than ever before,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I look forward to working closely my Brazilian counterparts to continue our unprecedented collaboration to better protect the international aviation system.”