Wed, Jan 05, 2011
Feels The U.S. System Is "Gaining Acceptance"
During a visit to Israel in which she met with Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli Finance Minister
Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Public
Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, DHS Secretary Janet
Napolitano (pictured) defended TSA's method of screening
Napolitano visited Ben Gurion International Airport to meet with
airport officials to discuss ways both nations are enhancing global
aviation security while streamlining legitimate travel and trade.
The United States and Israel work closely together to share
information about terrorists and other individuals who may pose a
security threat. Several in the U.S. have called on DHS to adopt a
system of screening passengers more like Israel's, which includes
interviewing passengers and what some would call "profiling".
But Napolitano told Reuters that she does not anticipate any
major changes in how U.S. air passengers are screened. She said TSA
was seeing fewer people opting out of the system, which she
interprets as greater acceptance of the full-body scanners and
enhanced pat-downs for those selected for additional screening.
While Napolitano stopped short of calling the Israeli method
"profiling," she did say it would not be used at U.S. airports.
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