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TSA head envisions end of 'one-size-fits-all' security measures

March 3, 2011 |  5:49 pm

Tsa Saying a "one-size-fits-all" security system doesn't work, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday he envisions a system that focuses more attention on high-risk passengers to speed screening lines for everyone at airports.

Speaking before the American Bar Assn. in Washington, TSA Administrator John Pistole said the current aviation security system relies on several layers of security measures, including background checks on passengers before they board a plane.

But he said today's screening process treats every passenger the same. 

"If we want to continue to ensure the secure freedom of movement for people and commerce across this great nation and around the world, there are solutions that go beyond the one-size-fits-all system," Pistole said.

Though he didn't offer details of changes he hopes to make, Pistole said he hopes his agency will "focus our limited resources on higher-risk passengers, while speeding and enhancing the passenger experience at the airport."

--Hugo Martin

Photo: A TSA agent at John Wayne Airport pats down a traveler. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times