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Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole announced his retirement Tuesday after leading the agency for more than four years. (Associated Press)

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If the TSA's behavior-profiling program at airports is defunded, Administrator John S. Pistole said, "There would be fewer passengers going through expedited screening, there would be increased pat-downs, there would be longer lines and there would be more frustration by the traveling public." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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If the TSA's behavior-profiling program at airports is defunded, Administrator John S. Pistole said, "There would be fewer passengers going through expedited screening, there would be increased pat-downs, there would be longer lines and there would be more frustration by the traveling public." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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** FILE ** Transportation Security Administration chief John S. Pistole. (Associated Press)

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano, accompanied by Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole, announces the expansion of a passenger pre-screening initiative on Wednesday.

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, accompanied by Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole, announces the expansion of a passenger pre-screening initiative on Feb. 8, 2012, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Transportation Security Administration chief John S. Pistole. (Associated Press)

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Transportation Security Administration chief John S. Pistole on Thursday welcomed the unionization of his agency's 47,000 airport screeners. The move has proved controversial, with critics arguing that, as a security agency, TSA should not allow collective bargaining. (Associated Press)