I want to take TSA to the next level.
I did not want to provide a blueprint or roadmap for the terrorists, saying 'Here are our new security procedures'.
The bottom line is, if somebody doesn't go through proper security screening, they're not going to go on the flight.
I particularly recognize that reasonable people can disagree as to what that proper balance or blend is between privacy and security and safety.
We save limited resources in terms of who we are physically screening. The approach will allow us to pay more attention to those potential terrorists.
Our pat-down approach is very similar to what is being utilized in Europe and, as we know, around the world. It's even much more thorough in other parts of the world.
We want to be sensitive to people's concerns about privacy about their personal being and things, while ensuring that everybody on every flight has been properly screened.
But what I want to assure and reassure the public is we are concerned about your safety, your security, and your privacy. Let's work together in partnership to ensure that we can have the best way forward.
We put people of concern on the watch list or the no-fly list, so we have a number of layers of security beyond the airport checkpoint. We gather as much information about a passenger as the law allows without profiling.