SAN DIEGO - The Transportation Security Administration has over the past 10 years been known more for X-ray machines and those controversial body scanners, but officials said Friday they would soon be incorporating more behavior-based screening program, much like is found in the middle east.
"We've been so successful we're going to take it to the next level that will focus on the behavior of individuals to better identify those that would do us harm," said Michael Aguilar, the TSA Federal Security Director.
September 11th of this year will mark 10 years since the 9/11 attacks and the date will also signify 10 years of existence for the TSA which was created just months after the attacks.
Aguilar spoke with reporters Friday morning at Lindbergh field talking about where the agency stands today.
"I would tell the public that for the last 10 years that they have been safe because of our efforts recognizing that we've continued to develop our procedures and our technique," Aguilar said.
The TSA is tasked with screening passengers and the procedure includes not only scans and pat downs but also taking off shoes, belts and hats.
But the effectiveness of increased security measures has long been a source of debate among travelers.
"I think they do a good job," said Tucker Hohenstein, a traveler about to boad a plane leaving San Diego. "We really haven't had a major event since 9/11 and that's huge."
"It's a waste of taxpayer money," countered John Revere, another airline passenger. "I don't feel safer, it's not worth the aggravation and it's something this country we don't financially need."
"Those that criticize us the most are the ones we're most committed to protect," Aguilar said.