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December 28th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

Are we safe in the skies?

(CNN) - The Department of Homeland Security has significantly increased the number of air marshals on flights since a failed Christmas terrorist attack on a U.S. jetliner, a department official told CNN Sunday.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said the ranks of the marshals have been increased by cutting vacations and leave and by pulling in air marshals from instructional and administrative posts.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said there is no indication so far that the attack was part of a broad international effort.

So, how did the suspect get through security? And does the government need to do more to keep you safe in the air? Sec. Napolitano joined us on Monday's American Morning.

Filed under: Airline safety
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  1. Ladylalae

    I strongly feel that anyone who makes the Homeland Security list should be DENIED total travel in the USA and forfeit their rights! Get off our ships! Get off our planes! Get off our land! Why wait until they act out? The question is NOT if they will act out but, WHEN and to what extend will our citizens and Country be in jeopardy? Anyone who willingly associates with these psychopaths does it of their own free will and should answer for it! BLACKLIST them. Period. End. No waiting! Anyone who gets on that list should have NO RIGHTS! The time of “wait and see” is over and done with now is time for ACTION! We were lucky this time….

    December 28, 2009 at 7:59 pm |
  2. Dave Clark

    We've been spending $8 – $10 BILLION for TSA airline security every year and little more than Security Theatre is the result. Now, Janet Napolitano admits the system "failed miserably." Even Atlantric Magazine months ago reported on the ease of getting contraband through the system. See,

    TSA has NEVER caught a terrorist. TSA system is a joke and we've been wasting tax money since it started under Bush and now continued under Obama. Instead, we're apparently relying on brave passengers and flight attendants. Shame on TSA

    December 28, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  3. Randy Logsdon

    I believe it was made very clear the reason we went to Iraq and are now in Afghanistan. Refresher, To fight the terrorist over there. I am from New Hampshire, I would rather "Live Free or Die." If we continue to fight there then let's stop the searches and the inconvenience. Let's restore our rights and freedoms.

    December 28, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  4. James

    It is too bad that the terrorists have succeeded changing this country for the worst. They wanted to hurt us and they DID, They took and are taking away a thing that America was built on, FREEDOM. They import their terror from other countries and we Americans pay the price...

    This terrorist came from Amsterdam with no questions asked and I can't even cross the Canadian border and come right back without having a passport or "enhanced license".

    "land of the free home of the brave" ..... Is it?

    December 28, 2009 at 11:15 am |

    Janet Napolitano needs to be replaced as Secretary of Homeland Security. She continually reveals that she is unqualified for the position.
    She must be one of the dumbest people in our government who would say on day one that the air security system works when it obviously does not. Then on day two admit that the system does not work but continues the spin in a different direction. The truth of the matter is the system is broke, it is not synchronized to let ALL AGENCIES know the who, what , when, where of international travelers and never has. Any system is always limited by the supervisers and various judgement calls along the chain. Perhaps the Israeli system needs to be copied more closely.
    Why I personally resent is stupity in Government. Say what you mean and mean what you say!! Do not talk down to the public and never lie and cover up what is really going on.

    December 28, 2009 at 10:34 am |