The Department of Homeland Security plans to expedite screening for low-risk travelers in the coming months. “Not every traveler or piece of cargo poses the same level of risk to our security,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday. “Think of it this way: If we have to look for a needle in a haystack, it makes sense to use all of the information we have about the pieces of hay to make the haystack smaller.” For example, she noted that DHS believes certain travel routes may attract high-risk travelers. This information may lead it to more aggressively screen travelers who fly those routes.

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