Former Inspector General questions airport security

North Charleston, SC (WCSC) - The former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation says recent troubles aboard U.S. bound planes should alert the government to rethink security standards.

"While they say they're beefing things up... it's just business as usual," said Mary Schiavo, former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Schiavo says Christmas days alleged terrorist attack attempt could have been prevented if the Department of Homeland Security continued to renew and review policies based on the ever changing methods and habits of terrorist groups.

"They [Dept. of Homeland Security] make colossal mistakes all the time, waste money and don't get their job done," said Schiavo.  "By going out of the country to get on a plane... they [terrorists] perceive our security as improving in the United States. We have to do everything we can to continue to send that message. If they believe that, and if that is true, than we eliminate threats within our own borders."

Schiavo says such a message can be sent if the government places higher priority on citizen safety, and not corporate needs.

"The money we spent bailing out banks, only a fraction of that is needed to make our airports and flights secure," said Schiavo.  "Instead, we look for magic bullets! 'Ooh!  We can do psychological profiling and figure out who the bad guys are!'  Nonsense."

Schiavo says despite her doubts, she believes security has changed for the better since 9-11.  She hopes standards will continue to rise so a tragedy remotely like that is never repeated.