On December 25, 2009, a terrorist attempted to detonate an explosive device while on board Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. The device did not explode, but ignited,injuring the terrorist and two other passengers. According to a publicly released White House report, the terrorist involved was not on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list, but was known to the U.S. intelligence community. The public outcry and response to that event have been overwhelming, which demonstrates the level of anxiety that many have about the effectiveness of the security screening system. ALPA shares those concerns; for several years the Association has urged the government to shift to an approach to security screening that focuses on an individual’s trustworthiness before analyzing what types of objects they may have concealed on their person or in their belongings.