TSA Chief Explains Reassessment of Airline Security Protocols


The Transportation Security Administration is reassessing airline safety with an eye toward identifying the most likely threats, says the Los Angeles Times. On Thursday, TSA Administrator John Pistole made his first appearance before Congress since last week’s announcement that small knives, golf clubs, hockey sticks and assorted other items were no longer prohibited. “These are not things that terrorists are intending to use,” Pistole told a House Homeland Security subcommittee.

Terrorists who have plotted against the U.S. since 2001 have tried to sneak nonmetallic explosives aboard planes, he said. Although those efforts have failed, the TSA has tried to update its understanding of those dangerous devices while making the lives of travelers a little easier. Over the last 21/2 years, the TSA has received “hundreds and hundreds” of passenger suggestions to allow small knives and other items aboard flights, Pistole said, so he formed a study group that recommended the changes. Some lawmakers expressed concern for the safety of flight attendants and pilots, who have voiced opposition to the TSA’s decision.

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