TSA Strengthens Security Measures Following Terror Attacks

The Transportation Security Administration adopted more strictly enforced security measures following the two terror attempts that have endangered Americans in the past few months.

In response to the first attempt, which occurred on Dec. 25 when a passenger lit a device intended to blow up on a Detroit-bound Delta aircraft, the Transportation Security Administration announced they would strengthen security procedures throughout passenger check-in and boarding processes.

The security measures increase “the use of explosive trace detection, advanced imaging technology, canine teams, and pat downs among other security measures,” according to an April 2 press release issued by the TSA.

According to a statement made by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in the press release, “These new measures utilize real-time, threat-based intelligence along with multiple, random layers of security, both seen and unseen, to more effectively mitigate evolving terrorist threats.”

The second attempt occurred on May 1 in Times Square when a bomber tried to detonate a car bomb.

Security officials apprehended bomb suspect, Faisal Shahzad, moments before he made his escape on an Emirates flight bound for Dubai. 

Shahzad had been allowed to board the flight because of a time-lapse in checking the ‘no-fly’ blacklist.

New regulations following the attempt force airlines to check no fly lists within two hours of when they receive notice of a special threat such as the NYC bomb attempt.

Previously, airlines were compelled to check the list only within 24 hours.