Today, April 2, 2010, the TSA made the following announcement about air travel security. Before you slap you head imagining the delays, the annnouncement did not reveal any specific, new security hoops that passengers would have to endure. However, it intimates that a lot will be going on in the background to help ensure the safety of the flying public. We will have to wait and see how or if this announcement has any influence on security checkpoint flow at airports.
WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin implementing new enhanced security measures for all air carriers with international flights to the United States to strengthen the safety and security of all passengers—superseding the emergency measures put in place immediately following the attempted terrorist attack on Dec. 25, 2009.
These new, more flexible security protocols—tailored to reflect the most current information available to the U.S. government—will apply to all passengers traveling to the United States.
“These new measures utilize real-time, threat-based intelligence along with multiple, random layers of security, both seen and unseen, to more effectively mitigate evolving terrorist threats,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The terrorist threat to global aviation is a shared challenge and ensuring aviation security is a shared responsibility. I commend our many partners around the world who have taken steps to increase their own security measures through deployment of new technology, enhanced information sharing and stronger standards to keep air travel safe.”
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In part, this announcement is part of the recently released Surface Transportation Surface Priority Assessment.
The crux of the new security strategy seems to be that the US will be using “intelligence services” to help identify potential threats, as well as employing (undefined) programs and procedures that allow for better identification and interdiction of threats prior to their arrival in the United States. Further, the improved security strategy will engage systems operators in intelligence sharing, security planning and operations. Finally, the goal is to reduce vulnerabilities by creating a more stringent, less opportunistic environment for terrorist attack planning.
As you can imagine, specifics of the program were not revealed in order to protect their efficacy as a deterrent.
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