Tuesday, January 5, 2010

TSA Considers Passengers One of 20 ‘Layers of Security’ to Stop Terrorist Attacks

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) cites passengers as one of 20 layers of security in place “to ensure the security of the traveling public,” according to a chart on its Web site.

The TSA and its ability to protect air travelers from terrorists are under close scrutiny following an attempted attack on Christmas Day. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian national, was able to board a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with explosives hidden in his underwear. His attempt to blow up Northwest Flight 253 shortly before it landed was unsuccessful, thanks in part to a Dutch passenger who subdued Abdulmutallab.