Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday defended the need for tighter airport security, including pat-downs and full body scans, but acknowledged they are invasive to some Americans, including her.
Passengers who set off a metal detector at airport security checkpoints must submit to a scan or body search, or face arrest and an $11,000 fine.
Mr. Pistole said he implemented the changes without warning because he didn’t want to tip off terrorists about what to expect or how to defeat the new system.
“Terrorists are determined to kill innocent people around the world,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I didn’t want to publish a blueprint of the road map.”
Mr. Pistole also said he has no knowledge of a possible policy change, including modifications to the security increases. But he acknowledged the government needs to do a better job on deciding who get extra screening.
“We’re looking for ways to diminish the impact,” he said.
Mr. Pistole said a final decision will likely be the result of public discourse about the appropriate level between passengers wanting heavy security and those wanting security only to the point of invading their personal privacy.
We need to strike a “balance between privacy and security,” he said.
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