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Relaxing of airport screening regimen coming in fits, starts
TSA aims to balance risk, perception
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Chris McLaughlin, TSA’s assistant administrator for security operations, told the House Homeland Security transportation security subcommittee on Wednesday that screening polices are “evolving.” He added that the new law requiring his agency to come up with a plan to whisk military personnel through airport security checkpoints was unnecessary because “we were compliant with the law before it was enacted.”
While no successful major terrorist attacks have occurred in U.S. airports, airplanes or airspace since 2001, some high-profile attempts, including the would-be “shoe-bomber” and the would-be “underwear bomber,” slipped through on-ground checks before being uncovered in the air - a point critics of “one-size-fits-all” security policies say highlights the need for reforms.
Inflexible security rules are also hurt the economy by discouraging air travel, said Lon Anderson, a spokesman with the travelers advocacy group AAA Mid-Atlantic.
“Our CEO has already suggested that it’s time for our current air-security system to migrate more toward a threat-based system, rather than assuming that everybody that enters the airport every day in American is an equal threat,” he said.
• Stephen Dinan contributed to this article.
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