Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday afternoon thanked TSA workers for their vigilance and hard work.


Officials with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have come under fire recently for implementing a series of controversial screening techniques, which include advanced body-imaging systems and pat-downs.

In a letter to TSA employees on Tuesday, a day before one of the busiest travel days in the country, Napolitano acknowledged the hardships of their job and said that the country was counting on them to keep it safe.

“Time and again, the men and women of TSA have demonstrated poise and professionalism,” said Napolitano in the letter. “Travelers and the public realize that your job is difficult and demanding. This holiday season, I am confident you will again demonstrate your commitment to ensuring the safety of the traveling public to everyone who passes through an airport security checkpoint.”