Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Sunday that the controversial full-body scanners and invasive pat-downs being employed at airports across the nation will not be going away any time soon.
"You know, we're always looking to improve systems and so forth. But the new technology, the pat-downs, is just objectively safer for our traveling public," Napolitano said in a CNN interview broadcast Sunday.
Napolitano added that such measures are part of a vast improvement in airline security since the so-called 'underwear bomber' tried to blow up a passenger jet over Detroit on Christmas Day a year ago.
"We pick up contraband now, and we pick up more contraband with the new procedures and the new machinery," she said. "Everything is objectively better than it was a year ago, particularly in the aviation environment."