Press Release


Hudson to Hold Hearing on TSA’s Behavioral Detection Program and Initial Lessons from LAX Shooting

Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer (202) 226-8417

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee will hold the following hearing tomorrow.

THURSDAY, November 14 at 9:30 a.m.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

TSA's SPOT Program and Initial Lessons From the LAX Shooting

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witnesses Include:

  • Mr. John S. Pistole, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Daniel Gerstein, Acting Under Secretary, Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Stephen M. Lord, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Mr. Charles K. Edwards, Deputy Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC) on the hearing: “In the wake of last week’s tragic shooting at LAX, we have a responsibility to re-examine existing TSA security policies and programs, in order to identify practical, risk-based steps that can be taken to strengthen coordination between local law enforcement and TSA, and to prioritize security measures more effectively. The Subcommittee’s hearing on TSA’s Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) Program is a timely opportunity to review whether this program and others are an effective and efficient use of resources. I look forward to discussing the SPOT program with Administrator Pistole and the other witnesses, initial lessons from the LAX shooting, and TSA’s plans for a comprehensive review of aviation security procedures.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.