May 2nd, 2010
08:06 PM ET

Official: TSA ramping up East Coast security measures

The Transportation Security Administration on Sunday ramped up security screening at airports along the East Coast after an attempted car bombing a day earlier in New York's Times Square, a Department of Homeland Security official said.

The official told CNN the TSA has begun operations to counter potential car bombs, or "vehicle-born improvised explosive devices," as well as taking measures to prevent other kinds of terrorist acts that might occur in crowded public spaces.

The TSA also is coordinating with Customs and Border Protection to facilitate additional secondary passenger screening on both domestic and international flights, the official said.

Officials in Washington participated in a call with top TSA officials at airports in New York, Boston and Philadelphia to talk about partnering with Customs to identify flights that might need more random screening, the official said.

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  1. frank

    Wow! "maybe they know more than they are telling us," "instead of complaining...,"
    "asymmetric warfare," "TSA being proactive,"
    Is the Kool-Aid punch bowl part of the open bar? Government bureaucracy does not know more than they are telling us! For as big as it has become, it is no better than 20-30 years ago, technology or not. As evidenced by the looney Nigerian that attempted to light himself up at Christmas on the Delta/Northwest Flight! How much info/intel did we have on him?
    As for complaining, that is every American citizens right! Whether they work in counter-terrorism or are clerks at the local convenience store! One thing we need more of, again, is complaining and questioning of our government and its capabilities and intentions.
    TSA/DHS being proactive? Come on, they are monoliths of inadequacy that are trying to justify their existence and have been since they were formed by Bush/Cheney in the wake of 9/11. Some of the other comments hit the nail on the head with the equation of bomb in times square equals increased airport security...at those three airports. Don't equate the more professional job done in Glasgow, Scotland with the looney that left his smoking gun, in this case smoking Pathfinder, in Times Square. Organizations that want to blow up a vehicle in Times Square will find a way that is more professional than M-88's and alarm clocks. Was it terrifying, could have been. Was it a "terrorist" organization, probably not. But then, we label everything as terrorist now because it is a sure fire way to increase unaccounted for government spending and thereby increase the unmanageable deficit.

    May 3, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. AppleBlowz

    Robert, are you below the age of 20?

    May 3, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. AppleBlowz

    and Nick – please re-read and re-read and re-read. yes its random screening on the flights they feel need more screening. meaning, pre-identified flights = randomly screened passengers. at least that's what the english says man.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Trulee Pist

    If the TSA statement writers really stated, as "quoted" here, that they are focusing on ""vehicle-born improvised explosive devices," then they are ignorant and not worthy of high Federal office.

    vehicle-borne

    If you lack the analytical skills to see why one is right and one is wrong, you don't understand your job, TSA.

    May 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
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