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TSA chief says security screening will be 'smarter' in next decade

23-May-2011 12:28 PM

US Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole stated the next 10 years of security screenings will focus on operational assessments to “stay ahead of tomorrow’s threats” (, 19-May-2011). Mr Pistole stated screening will be “smarter” and the TSA will be guided by the philosophy that “we can mitigate risk” but never fully eliminate it. The new risk-based security programme, which will identify passengers as low-risk on the condition they surrender their personal information, will be enhanced as TSA reviews current procedures and technology. In the coming months, TSA officers will use an identity-based system to verify the identity and employment status of pilots against carrier employee databases. Testing is underway at some airports for this programme. Flight attendants are under consideration for a future phase.