The U.S. Homeland Security chief told the leaders of the nation's travel and tourism industry that security infrastructure at airports across the country will be modernization and more security personnel will be deployed along with the latest security technology.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano vowed to partner with the private sector to facilitate the flow of trade and travel while maintaining high security standards to protect the American people. In addition, she emphasized the department's efforts to streamline security and customs screening for travelers through trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry; a U.S. Customs and Border Protection initiative that utilizes biometric identification and thorough background checks to expedite the screening process at airports for its more than 80,000 participants.
Napolitano also reiterated the department's commitment to bolstering the security of the international aviation system to protect the traveling public through partnerships with the private sector; enhanced international standards and collaboration; and modernization of security infrastructure at airports across the country.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has taken a host of measures to strengthen airline security after the failed cargo bombing plot, in which two packages contain explosive material were found on cargo planes originating in Yemen and destined for the United States. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a Yemen-based terrorist group, has claimed responsibility for the plot, according to the terrorist monitoring group SITE.