Rossides: New Administration Won't Change Security Operations

Aviation security operations don't change during a change in federal administrations, and TSA "will not drop the ball" in the 2009 transition, TSA Deputy Administrator Gale Rossides told AAAE delegates Wednesday at the association's annual conference and exposition in New Orleans.

Rossides, who was involved in the creation of TSA, said the agency is following three goals to prepare for the transition. There are to ensure that the right career officials are in place to manage the organization, to continue major programs and to continue to execute the agency's core mission.

Describing TSA's Checkpoint Evolution, which is now being rolled out in Baltimore-Washington International's Terminal B, Rossides emphasized the agency's reliance on layered security and its partnerships with airports to go on the offensive against would-be terrorists. Elements of the BWI checkpoint pilot will be deployed to other airports this summer, she said.

Rossides also described her agency's use of behavior detection officers who play a key role at the checkpoint. She said the "vast majority of travelers" will be scrutinized by these specially trained officers as part of TSA's integrated screening process.

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