I wish TSA had undertaken a more robust education campaign, but I applaud Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s commitment to take passenger comments seriously, and I applaud TSA Administrator John Pistole and his team for trying to address the threat we face (we don’t get to pick the threat; it picks us). I know airports around the country are committed to ensuring the safety and security of all their passengers.
In the short term I hope we can make whatever modifications might be called for and move beyond the immediate controversy. In the longer term, I hope we can develop new and better technologies and procedures to define a future of safe, secure, passenger friendly air travel; while addressing the very real threats we do face — and which are never going to be fully conquered. This is a game that will go on forever.
The TSA recently began random checks of 30,000 employees moving from restricted parts of the airport - such as the tarmac - to secure areas on the other side of the main security checkpoints.
The federal government is stepping up security at Denver International Airport, implementing random employee screening and adding jobs focused on identifying explosives and suspicious...
A memo by TSA Staff is being criticized for suggesting passengers be allowed to carry scissors, ice picks, razor blades and knives.
Pre-Check is only active at about 8 percent of U.S. airports – not exactly universal, but admittedly still in start-up mode and mainly at large heavily traveled locations.