Miami Airport Shooting Prompts Assessment Of Screening


After the air marshal shooting in Miami, officials likely will examine whether the system can refined to protect travelers while building in greater safeguards, says the Los Angeles Times. Or they may conclude that the price of safeguarding air travel includes the possibility that innocent Americans will die. Experts said the shooting may have been an unfortunate byproduct of the porous nature of the passenger screening system. “Air marshals have zero trust in the screeners,” said one marshal who requested anonymity. I.C. Smith, a retired FBI agent, said: “It is clear these marshals know that these security checkpoints are not fail-safe. You read about reports all the time of stuff slipping through. They have to really expect the worst.”

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Or.) of the House Homeland Security Committee said the shooting should prompt reassessment of equipment that he called outdated. “We’re running passenger checkpoints for carry-on bags that are incapable of finding plastic explosives,” DeFazio said. “The kind of X-rays they’re using were thrown out of the Capitol years ago because they weren’t able to catch anything. We have technologies – walk-through portals – but the administration doesn’t want to spend the money to buy it.”


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