Refine airport security

Refine airport security
By JOAN F. CRAIG, Ponce Inlet
January 7, 2011 12:05 AM

My husband and I traveled to Israel recently and were favorably impressed with their airport security system. We went through a metal detector, and since we both have had knee replacements, we set off the alarm. We were asked a few questions, our bags were checked, and we were on our way.

Rafi Ron, ex-director of security at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport, wrote an informative article in the Dec. 6 issue of Newsweek. He claims, in addition to metal detectors, U.S. airports need profilers who analyze behavior through observation and conversation. They should have access to government, police and airline information. For example, the airlines will know if someone pays cash for a ticket and is flying one way. This behavior is unusual and should raise a red flag to the screeners. (This was the behavior Mohamed Atta displayed on 9/11.)

It is time we adopted the Israeli airport security system, spending less time on harmless travelers and more time rooting out legitimate threats. The Israeli system has been successful for many years.

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