January 6th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

FAQs on airport security – and what it means for you

Program Note: Tune in tonight for Randi Kaye's report on the feasibility of implementing new security measures across all airports. AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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The suspect in the failed Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner faces a six-count federal indictment issued Wednesday, including an attempt to murder the other 289 people aboard.

Since the failed bombing attempt, we've been taking a close look at airport security measures and what is being done to prevent attacks. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has heightened its security measures. Take a look at these questions and answers about the intensified screening.

Q: What additional security measures is TSA taking domestically?

A: TSA has a layered approach to security that allows us to surge resources as needed on a daily basis. We have the ability to quickly implement additional screening measures including explosive detection canine teams, law enforcement officers, gate screening, behavior detection and other measures both seen and unseen. Passengers should not expect to see the same thing at every airport.

Q: What additional security measures are being taken for international flights to U.S. destinations?

A: On January 3, 2010, the Transportation Security Administration issued a new security directive to all U.S. and international air carriers with inbound flights to the U.S. effective January 4, 2010. The new directive includes long-term, sustainable security measures developed in consultation with law enforcement officials and our domestic and international partners.

TSA is mandating that every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening. TSA directed the increase use of enhanced screening technologies and mandates threat-based and random screening for majority passengers on U.S. bound international flights.


soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. David Hensley

    Why does the government (TSA,FAA, whoever) scramble fighter jets to meet and accompany an airliner to return to one of our airports when there is a disruptive passenger (such as the couple on the Hawaii bound flight out of Portland,OR)?? What are they going to do, shoot the plane down to punish this disruptive couple?? This is just a big waste of taxpayer money and does absolutely no good. It has no effect on security at all.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  2. elie ngoukelibi

    it's great that the suspect got charged of all those charges but the real problem is we as American, it's not what we are expected to heard from the government.
    What we would like to heard is how the suspect get aboard? who gave him and where he got his visa? and from the registration at the airport they can retrieve his infos then track all his flights around the world, from there they can have an idea where did he meet al Qaeda .

    January 7, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  3. arvind pathak

    airport security controls,as seen in the recent christmas day attempt ,lapses in security were found.basically there are two aspects security should focus upon human carrier and his or her baggage,even children should be scrutinized.full body search with all clothes removed to be examined with full body mri scan and some measure thought of for behavioral naked eye plus easily implementable electrophysiologic aid could be used .on the other hand it is difficult not well nigh impossible to upgrade all airports however the airports lacking should have more stringent physical thorough scan and sniffer dogs to be used.last but not the least connectivity of nodal points of security agencies to make sure all intelligence information is shared ,disseminated and taken conizance of ,followed withrelavent timely action to avert further successful terror operations

    January 7, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  4. BK

    I just flew a total of 2000 miles, on four planes, with a carry-on and a laptop.

    On my way home, with the same two items, the TSA made me throw away my $9 shaving cream or check it for $50.

    HOWEVER, they allowed the shaving razors of a passenger to go through unconcerned.

    I could only think, "What idiots."

    I and another passenger could only laugh.

    Hurray to the TSA, they saved the flight crew from a rogue smooth clean shave, for sensitive skin.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:31 am |
  5. Ruth

    What kind of security are we to expect from a government agency (TSA) that pays the least possible government wages to its employees? What kind of people do you attract with those salaries? And we expect them to be our front line of defense in airport security? Give me a break!!

    January 7, 2010 at 5:18 am |
  6. w covin

    do airport screenings use radiation? what level? who watches over this?

    January 7, 2010 at 12:26 am |
  7. w covin

    are there any dangers getting screened at the airports.i thought about the recent ct scans and how much cancer they have caused.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:03 am |
  8. Susan

    Why does "taking responsibility" always seem to be equated to "fire someone, or quit your job"? In fact, the firing seems to be counterproductive because you are talking about people who have awesome credentials who would be wasted.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  9. SJ

    Racial profiling is not the way to go about it.They should look inward.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Dominick, Dover, DE

    Mr. Cooper why is it we spend countless hours and hundreds of experts to discuss terror after we drop the ball? Do you think if these folks new so much we be having these issues. Want tight security at Airports?, stop deploying all our soldiers to worthless parts of the world and let them guard our airports. The folks that we have there now have proved over and over again they don't have what it takes.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  11. Annie Kate

    Glad they are stepping up the security checks, etc. I have two daughters who have to fly a lot for their work and I worry about their safety not only on the ground but in the air as well. I hope the standards will stay high and not slack off after they have been doing it a while.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  12. michael kopacz

    To beat a terrorist one has to think like one.Clothing can be made combustable when mixed with another form of material.Wire framed glasses can be made of hollow tubing, in it is a mechanism to ignite what ever one wants.Shoes can be made out of C4.Perscriptions labelled what they claim to be can be a form of a nerve gas or become volatile when mixed with the liquid of the holding tank for the washrooms on a plane.Is it going to get where we have to fly in gernies n change upon arrival in certain change rooms under security..

    January 6, 2010 at 6:59 pm |