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The head of the Transportation Security Administration says that while new airport screening procedures are more invasive, threats against air travelers rule out policy changes.
John Pistole tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the agency has no plans to change its policy of requiring travelers at many major airports to undergo either enhanced body scans or thorough pat-downs.
Pistole says screeners are "really the last line of defense" in the effort to keep the traveling public safe against a "determined enemy" that has proved adept in coming up with new ways to conceal explosive devices.RELATED:US: Religious views cannot avoid airport screeningSecurity and Defense: Staying a step aheadIsrael boosts airport security in wake of al-Qaida plots
He says he understands the objections of some passengers.
Would Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton like to submit to one of those security pat-downs at U.S. airports?
"Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean who would?" she told CBS television's "Face the Nation" in an interview broadcast Sunday.
Echoing comments from President Barack Obama, she said administration
officials should try to make the new airport security measures,
including full body scans and intimate pat-downs, less intrusive.
think everyone, including our security experts, are looking for ways to
diminish the impact on the traveling public," she told NBC television's
"Meet the Press."
"I mean obviously the vast, vast majority of
people getting on these planes are law abiding citizens who are just
trying to get from one place to another. But let's not kid ourselves.
The terrorists are adaptable," she added.
"Striking the right
balance is what this is about. And I am absolutely confident that our
security experts are gonna keep trying to get it better and less
intrusive and more precise."
For example, she said it might be possible to consider ways to limit the number of people who go through surveillance.
is trying to do the right thing and I understand how difficult it is,
and how offensive it must be for the people who are going through it,"