The U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s decision to allow pocket knives on airliners was meant to signal a philosophical shift: focus less on screening everyone for everything, and more on terrorist threats.
United Continental Holdings Inc. will join Delta Air Lines Inc. and AMR Corp.’s American Airlines next year in being able to speed some of its most frequent fliers through security at some airports, U.S. Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole said.
Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole defended a proposal to cut funding in half for a U.S. program that trains airline pilots to carry guns, saying the money is needed for higher priorities.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s plans to loosen rules in place since 2001 appear stalled even as lawmakers, airlines and the public want changes in an approach the agency calls one-size-fits-all.
An increase in U.S. airline security fees is among “strong possibilities” being considered to pay for higher costs of detecting terrorist threats, the Transportation Security Administration chief said.
Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole defended his resistance to letting security contractors resume screening at more U.S. airports, as called for under a bill awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature.