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IU Professor: More Airport Security Provides Little Protection

Last updated on Thursday, December 31, 2009

(BLOOMINGTON, IN) - An Indiana University law professor believes heightened security at airports across the world will do little to thwart future terror attacks.

Professor Fred Cate says restrictions like the inability to have access to carry-on luggage are the result of political pressure to do something immediately even if it's the wrong approach.

He says U.S. officials should instead focus on why a suspected terrorist was able to board an international flight with the ingredients needed to bring down a commercial airliner despite being on a government watch list and passing through layers of security checks.

Cate acknowledges the difficult challenge faced by TSA officials, who are charged with guarding some 450 airports and more than 28,000 daily flights.

But he encourages federal authorities to take strategic steps toward safeguarding the increasingly vulnerable air travel network.

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