Napolitano Stands Firm On Airline Security Needs

TRENTON, NJ (1010 WINS/WCBS 880/AP) – The procedure for airline security screenings isn’t likely to change significantly so long as air travel’s terrorism threat remains, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

Few passengers receive pat-down searches and minimally invasive searches must be weighed against security risks, Napolitano said at the Trenton train station.

“I think we all understand the concerns Americans have,” Napolitano said. “It’s something new. Most Americans are not used to a real law enforcement pat-down like that. As we move forward, of course we will listen to concerns. Of course we will make adjustments or changes when called upon, but not changes or adjustments that will affect the basic operational capability that we need to have to make sure that air travel remains safe.”

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

Napolitano said the new technology is necessary for public safety.

“There is a continued threat against aviation involving those who seek to smuggle powders and gels that can be used as explosives on airplanes,” she said. “The new technology is designed to help us identify those individuals. This is after many layers of security.”

She said pat-downs are the only choice for those who can’t or don’t want to go through body scans or X-rays. They’re also used when a full body scan shows a need for a further search.

Napolitano appeared with Sen. Frank Lautenberg at an event that was to warn travelers to be vigilant as they head into the holiday travel season, and to report suspicious activity to transit authorities or police.

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  • sk

    this country isdoing what ever it takes to make sure every one is safe riding a plane. this security is for YOUR safety as well. so why are you all complaining? Everyone should be thankful the government is takingwhat ever measures they can. Maybe its not the best security system, but to the bigshots come up with another plan. Regarding Obama, he has done nothing about security. He has not mentioned one word about the latest terroists plots. Who knows what he is thinking!

    • Emily

      I can’t wait until you are strip searched at the grocery store because someone might want to bomb it. Remember, the gloved hand feeling your daughter’s private parts under her clothing is for your own safety!!

  • otto

    I also like the “if you see something, say something” sign. Since 9/11 there has been a big push for people to “snitch” on their neighbors … not just for terrorism … but for any crime. This is right out of the Nazi playbook … boy, talk about not learning from history … The Fourth Reich, coming soon to an American neighborhood near you!

  • Robert Senn

    mayby she should be searched she really should look at airport grounds security its not there

  • Southern Grits

    Napolitano needs to be fired. This is an outrage for Americans to be processed like criminals just be board an aircraft. Purchasing these machines with taxpayer money is also an outrage in this tough financial climate. Land of the Free? America has become the laughingstock of the world thanks to team Obama.

  • Vin

    I guess CBS has the hots for Janet since my original post wasn’t included. OK, let me sugarcoat my new post. I think it’s abhorrent that TSA is taking the pat down to the extremes by stripping down children in public. Take them into a private room with their parents present at the very least. I read stories about a 3 year old, an 8 year old and now a 10 year old cancer survivor who were subjected to this. I will gladly land myself in jail if someone other than myself or my child’s father or grandmother touched my child in anyway. Especially in that form. Shame on you, Janet, DHS, TSA and you Obama for allowing this.

  • otto

    I am not a fan of the DHS. They are becoming reminiscent of what the Schutzstaffel grew into in the mid 1930’s. But we are a nation consumed by fear, and we sadly still believe what politicians and/or the media tell us. But when you start to dig below the surface a bit, you see that those in power only have their own interests at heart … not ours … and the lies are numerous.

  • l r pontiff

    america needs to get back to destroying communists….regretfully the only active communists in the world today are george bush TSA……sign me up….i will be happy to rid the earth of communists one more time.

  • Arpad Konya

    USA is fighting with 1 man.I don’t say,that 1 gentleman,but 1 human being only…
    If I were USA,I’d spread all of these war-funds for Africaans who are in hunger and rescuing Animals who would be slaughtered.Then I’d let the rest to GOD!

    Osama bin Laden could have been captured by less than 5,000$…

  • Arpad Konya

    GOD is great!!! The righteous,the humble,the good and those who have sacrificed their life to serve GOD,The Most High are living fearlessly…

    No terrorists ever had power on the holy!!!

    Be holy,live holy and you won’t get attacked!

    • David Flores

      hahahaha the bible, the greatest story ever told…

      • Jon-Paul

        There is someone like this in every crowd

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