The December 25 attempted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound airliner served as a stark reminder that terrorists will stop at nothing to try to hurt and kill Americans.
Today at 3 p.m. EST, Secretary Napolitano will participate in an online town hall on aviation security. She will answer your questions about our employment of new technologies to stay ahead of terrorist threats, including the expanded use of state-of-the-art Advanced Imaging Technology and Explosive Trace Detection equipment at airports across the country. New technology and screening equipment at our nation’s airports always draw questions and concerns from the public, and we want have an honest dialogue with you about what these technologies mean for the average traveler.
Secretary Napolitano is also engaging with leaders around the world as part of a broad initiative to strengthen the international aviation system against the evolving threats posed by terrorists. She leaves tomorrow for meetings with her counterparts in Asia, following similar meetings in Europe and Mexico in recent weeks.
We understand that the American public has questions about new screening measures and technology here at home, and about how we’re working with our international partners to bolster security on flights coming to the United States from foreign countries. This live chat is part of Secretary Napolitano’s commitment to making the Department more open and accessible – inviting you to ask questions about the ways the U.S. government is working to make air travel safer and more secure for all passengers.
So please join us at 3:00 PM EST via the White House’s facebook chat application.
Graves Spindler is with the Department of Homeland Security