Asked by the editors of National Journal about changes to transportation security since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, ATA president and CEO James May writes that government has assumed its proper role as the "leader and director of a multi-layered, all encompassing aviation-security program, which constantly adapts to meet a changing situation." Still, he says, experts increasingly recognize the need for an approach based on risk management. "Doing things that simply 'seem like a good idea' can often lead to poor and excessively draining security that, in the long run, can actually weaken us overall," he writes.

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