Deputy Assistant Administrator speaks at 60th Air Safety Forum

TSA official addresses security threats and countermeasures
Friday, August 8, 2014

TSA Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement Deputy Assistant Administrator Victoria Newhouse spoke at the Air Line Pilots Association 60th Air Safety Forum Aug. 6, in Washington, D.C., on a panel titled “Current Security Threats and Countermeasures.”

During the panel with industry and aviation experts, the Deputy Assistant Administrator addressed how partnerships strengthen aviation security. Newhouse said, “We are working closely with law enforcement partners and with the industry to make sure we have the latest and greatest technologies, we have the best procedures and the best people.”

Most importantly, Newhouse discussed TSA’s risk-based security measures, which focus on higher-risk and unknown passengers. “We are moving away from a one size fits all security,” she said. “We need to look at how we are going to stay one step ahead of our adversary.”

The Air Line Pilots Association is the largest airline pilot union in the world, representing more than 51,000 pilots at 31 U.S. and Canadian airlines. The conference comprised of approximately 350 airline pilots, government employees, as well as aviation industry professionals and addressed improvements in aviation safety, security and pilot health.