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The ceaseless evolution of terrorist tactics and technology poses deadly new threats that demand a fundamental and proactive review of how to secure the airplanes that two million passengers board every day in the United States. Growing passenger loads and added security procedures are already straining the resources of the Transportation Security Administration. At the same time, airline passengers have become increasingly hostile to the very measures deployed to protect them while TSA is under continuous assault in Congress.
It is time for a new approach to meeting America’s next-generation aviation security needs, one that dodges the influence of politics and bureaucracies and relies instead on the resources and objectivity of independent researchers operating from a clean slate.