Napolitano: Airport Body Scanners, Pat-Downs Are Here to Stay


screener-airportThe nation’s controversial airport pat-downs and full-body scanners are here to stay, at least for now. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the systems on CNN this morning, crediting┬áthem with preventing unknown numbers of potentially dangerous devices from making their way on to airplanes.

“The new technology, the pat-downs, is just objectively safer for our traveling public,” Napolitano said. “We pick up contraband now, and we pick up more contraband with the new procedures and the new machinery. What we know is that you can’t measure the devices that we are deterring from going on a plane.”

It was a year ago when a Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was accused of trying to blow up a Northwest flight to Detroit with plastic explosives hidden in his underwear.

Despite concerns among civil libertarians and many travelers subjected to intimate pat-downs, Napolitano said safety is the No. 1 priority.

“Everything is objectively better than it was a year ago, particularly in the aviation environment,” she said.

{The Oval-USA Today/}


  1. the tsa never stopped a terrorist. they only use REactionary methods, never use any ‘sechel’ in their tactics.

    All these things accomplish is giving a false sense that they are doing something, by harrassing innocent people

  2. Hey “#4 joe frank”

    sounds like you work for the TSA.

    1)they have NEVER caught a terrorist

    2)over 70% of government test runs to sneak weapons/fake bombs past them have gotten thru.
    Just a few weeks ago a civilian took a loaded gun in his briefcase on a flight.

    3)There are much more effective, less intrusive ways to handle security.

    you are just a proof of one of the poeple they have succesfuly fooled into thinking they are doing something, till the next guy beats these methods, and then they have to setup an even more intrusive method to play catchup with him