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The Transportation Security Administration plans to deploy additional whole-body image scanning machines in airports around the country, and it intends to continue the use of pat downs to supplement the scans. In light of concerns about the cost, safety, effectiveness, and privacy of these procedures, the author explores air travel security performance since 9/11, identifies missed opportunities and innovations, and considers potential next steps.

This paper is based on a speech delivered at the Airport Revenue News Conference on February 28, 2011, at National Harbor, Maryland.

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