John S. Pistole

Latest John S. Pistole Items
  • Boxer questions TSA about San Jose stowaway

    A few weeks before a 15-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration conducted a review of San Jose's airport and found its perimeter to be in compliance with the agency's security requirements.


  • Faster airport-screening program expands to DFW

    Travelers can now apply at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for clearance to keep their shoes, belts and light jackets on while passing through security screening.


  • House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., speaks during a luncheon in Washington, Monday, Jan. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    TSA defies audit, quietly expands behavior screening activity

    The government's chief auditor has urged TSA to cut its behavior screening program, but the agency instead quietly expanded it last month on passengers at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.


  • TSA rejects arming officers after LAX shooting

    The head of the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday his agency has officially rejected arming officers in response to a November attack at Los Angeles International Airport.


  • 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)

    TSA profiling at airports has yet to nab a terrorist

    The TSA's behavior-profiling program at airports has been in effect for seven years, but has yet to identify any potential terrorists who pose a threat to aviation, the agency's administrator acknowledged Thursday.


  • Illustration by Donna Grethen

    EDITORIAL: The price of dignity

    Frequent fliers can now pay $85 to avoid the indignity of a grope at the airport. (There's still no charge for a grope if that's what you want.)


  • **FILE** Volunteers pass through the first full body scanner, which uses backscatter technology, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on March 10, 2010. Those airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away. The Transportation Security Administration says the X-ray scanners will be gone by June 2013 because the company that makes them can't fix the privacy issues. (Associated Press)

    TSA screenings lack objectivity, probe finds

    The TSA's program to let agents pick out people for closer screening based on the agents' observation fails to meet basic standards of training of objectivity, according to a report released Wednesday by the agency's auditor.


  • **FILE** Knives of all sizes and types are piled in a box at the State of Georgia Surplus Property Division store in Tucker, Ga., on Sept. 26, 2006, and are just a few of the hundreds of items discarded at the security checkpoints of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that will be for sale at the store. (Associated Press)

    TSA drops plan to allow small knives on planes

    The head of the Transportation Security Administration says he's dropping a proposal that would have let airline passengers carry small knives, souvenir bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes.


  • The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said the Transportation Security Administration has not established any sense that agents are exercising good judgment in deciding which travelers they screen. (Associated Press)

    Agents' judgment faulted in TSA passenger screening

    The TSA's program to let agents pick out people for closer screening based on the agents' observation fails to meet basic standards of training of objectivity, according to a report released Wednesday by the agency's auditor.


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