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The Never-Ending Challenge Of Securing Our Air Transport Sector

(14) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 7:00 AM

A 10-year anniversary passed with little fanfare recently: the day the U.S. government assumed responsibility for airport screening after 9/11. I remember this day -- April 29, 2002 -- vividly. I was awake for its entire 24 hours and, with one other colleague, manned a checkpoint at the airport in...

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Happy Birthday or Leave Me Alone? TSA at the Ten-Year Mark

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 9:53 AM

Ten years ago Saturday, a far-reaching and convoluted bill was enacted. It created a new government agency that most Americans think is a big hassle, if not worse.

The Transportation Security Administration, born in the wake of 9/11, enters its second decade with a list of successes and shortcomings that...

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Maureen Dowd Understands the Problem . . . Here's the Solution.

(20) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 12:04 PM

If public policy positions gain special currency when they make it to the New York Times op-ed page, TSA may finally acquire an aviation security capability the country is sorely missing. In a column filled with painful examples, Maureen Dowd makes clear that the nation's current checkpoint practices...

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Identifying Threats, Not Threatening Identifiers

(29) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 3:04 PM

I spent five hours last Wednesday morning watching the main American Airlines checkpoint at its Chicago O'Hare hub, where three of out five lanes had body scanners in use.

Wait times never exceeded 15 minutes.

While National Opt-Out Day flamed out before it ever got started, the national...

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Tamping Down Pat-Downs

(121) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 2:53 PM

Even though I left the TSA five years ago, my phone has been ringing off the hook the last several weeks.

"Why are we frisking little kids and grandparents?"

"Why don't we profile?"

"Why can't I be patted by a screener of the opposite sex?"

"Were...

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