March 16, 2011
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole on Wednesday asked Congress for money to deploy 275 more full-body image scanners at the nation’s airports, NBC News reports.
The technology used by the machines “has been proven safe and I assure you our operations respect individual privacy,” John Pistole told a House budget commitee. He said TSA also seeks to add 100 more dog teams around the country to help screen passengers for explosives. And he’s asking for money to sustain federal air marshal coverage of domestic and international flights.
Pistole also wants to add 350 more behavior detection officers at airport checkpoints, to watch passengers for suspicious behavior.
“We want to focus our limited resources on higher-risk passengers, while speeding and enhancing the passenger experience at the airport,” Pistole said.
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 9:50 am