TSA screeners enhance security

April 28, 2008 8:14:01 PM PDT
Getting through security when you fly may become less of a hassle. The TSA is making some changes they hope will improve security, but also reduce inconvenience. The new procedures were launched on Monday in Baltimore and will eventually be in airports everywhere.

Homeland Security officials say watch list misidentifications are a real problem and they wants to change that.

Currently, people with names similar to one on a watch list are not allowed to check-in online or at self-service kiosks.

However, now passengers can put their identification information on file with the individual airlines and avoid the hassle of having to check-in at the ticket counter every time they fly.

This is just one element of a larger plan to create a calmer screening environment. The theory is the calmer the process, the easier it will be to spot a threat.

Screeners will also get a new 12-hour training course on the latest threats and trends. Still, passengers are skeptical.

"I don't know how secure it really is. It's more of just a show, it looks like, because if somebody really wanted to I don't see why they couldn't get around what security measures are in place right now," said Chad Blaine, a passenger.

"The nature of the job is boring and I think what can happen is if you do the same job for a couple hours it would be easy, I'm thinking from the other side, to let something go," said Joyce Zaritsky.

ABC7 Aviation Consultant Ron Wilson thinks the system has already been working well.

"All in all they're doing pretty good job. We haven't had an instance of a terrorist act against aviation really since 911 and I think that's a tremendous record with the number of people that are going through every day," said Wilson.

The TSA hopes the new training will also help catch potential terrorists doing dry-runs through airports.

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