AirTalk for January 7, 2010

Airline security up in the air

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An airline passenger has her boarding pass and identification papers reviewed by a TSA Officer at a security checkpoint inside Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport December 27, 2009, in Arlington, VA, near Washington, DC.

The White House is prepared to release a report today detailing the security lapses surrounding the attempted airline attack on Christmas Day, as well as outline the measures being taken to increase airline security. It was revealed yesterday that U.S. border officials learned of the extremist ties of suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab while he was in flight, and had planned to question him upon landing. What kept intelligence officials from connecting the dots sooner, and what changes are needed to improve intelligence gathering and security screening?

Guest:


Brian Michael Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the President of the Rand Corporation


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