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TSA Reviewing How It Assesses Threats

TSA Reviewing How It Assesses Threats

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Transportation Security Administration is reassessing airline safety so it can identify the likeliest threats, its administrator told a U.S. House panel.

John Pistole’s appearance Thursday before a House Homeland Security subcommittee was his first in Congress since the TSA announced small knives, golf clubs, hockey sticks and other items no longer would be prohibited in airplane cabins.

“These are not things that terrorists are intending to use,” Pistole told the subcommittee.

Pistole said identifying people — not things — as potential threats will be a more efficient and safer security method, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Pistole testified terrorists who plotted against the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have tried to sneak non-metallic explosives aboard planes.

Although those efforts have failed so far, the TSA has tried to improve its understanding of the devices and reconcile that with making traveling easier for passengers.

“The problem with these ‘risk-based assessments’ is that they put the government on a road to judging its own citizens in secret, with no fair recourse for people unfairly judged,” said Jay Stanley, a policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union.

“And how much information do you need to know about a person to prove they’re not a terrorist? The government will never have enough, and the privacy intrusions will just keep growing.”

The carry-on items changes, effective April 25, should reduce the time it take passengers to clear airport security, Pistole said. Other efforts to speed up the security process include reducing screening requirements for children and seniors.

The TSA also is looking into ways to pre-check more passengers so that people it has identified as non-threatening can get to the boarding areas more quickly.

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  • ibcamn

    Well we all know the TSA,how much we hate them,their machines and their attitudes of god!bug out of the tens of thousands of complaints have been mostly of the molestation upon kids and themselves!the TSA has gone too far and they know it,tempers have flared and complaints keep coming in!what else they gonna do to try to do damage control?they have to do something,why not this,let people bring a few more things on board to ease the traveling pain the TSA creates!are the people in charge going to get rid of the god complex?no way!those in charge of the TSA have told me,personally,they own or manage the airport!!what??i have been told by the TSA,that in fact runs this facility!or owns this particular facility!why would they say that?just to make one think they are the law!same thing when i had the TSA agent try to search my truck at a wayside station!wtf?these guys are slaking in their jobs(screening machines)half don’t work and some agents don’t even report that fact till they are caught!and this is the bunch obama wants acting like cops out in the public and along side all those corrupt cops!they have to do something to get back in our good graces and they think this is going to do it!a-holes!

  • ibcamn

    Oh, more little note on the TSA,

    Q:guess how many terrorist they have caught or terrorist attacks they have stopped since they have come into excistance after 9-11??!

    A: 0

    • http://firefox hugh

      Are you really sure about that comment? Coming from Hawaii years back I personally saw a suitcase containing guns and ammo; who knows what would have happened had that person been allowed to board the A/C. TSA needs to be put under intense observation by the traveling public and when they do stupid acts, fire them outright which includes supervisors as well.

      • Dennis48e

        If the TSA had any proof at all even the most flimsy that one of the people trying to board an airplane with a firearm was a terrorist or potential terrorist you can be sure they would be crowing from every rooftop about it.

  • Michael Shreve

    I wonder if the sky marshal program wasn’t cheaper and more effective?


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