_Hire more people to take baggage-handling responsibilities from screeners so the screeners can focus on security responsibilities.
_Have screeners, instead of contract employees hired by airlines, check IDs and boarding passes.
_Expand a program that trains screeners to look for unusual behavior in passengers that might indicate malicious intent. Called SPOT - Screening Passengers by Observation Technique - it's used in at least 12 airports, Howe said.
Those changes may require approval by Congress and agreement with airports and the airline industry, which might have to bear some of the cost, Howe said.
The airlines might go along with the plan, an industry spokesman said.
"We favor this proposal provided it doesn't add costs to the carriers," said David Castelveter, spokesman for the Air Transport Association.
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