U.S. aviation security chiefs update Obama

09:52, October 13, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday met with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole, reviewing enhancements that were made in aviation security.

Obama met with Napolitano and Pistole to review enhancements made to both aviation and surface transportation security. The briefing was held in conjunction with the president's regularly scheduled counterterrorism and homeland security briefing and was "not prompted by any specific or credible threat," said a White House statement.

Obama was briefed on Department of Homeland Security's strategic plans, including near-term efforts to improve security and minimize risk with a focus on mass transit and passenger rail security. A significant aspect of TSA's security enhancements over the past year have included improved technology and procedures.

Obama said that emphasis on mass transit and passenger rail security measures is a priority and offered help if Napolitano and Pistole need his assistance.

Aviation security is a major part of Napolitano's job, especially after the failed Christmas plane bombing plot. The TSA was created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, and deals exclusively with the matter.

In order to boost airport security, the Department of Homeland Security is installing full-body scanning machines to better detect possible threats across the country.

Traditional detectors that are usually deployed at airports across the world can not detect nonmetallic explosives that a Nigerian used when attempting to destroy a U.S.-bound flight on Dec. 25, 2009. TSA expects to deploy hundreds of the expensive scanners by the end of 2010.

Source: Xinhua


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