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What impact has the TSA's current leader, David Pekoske, had on the agency?

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In August 2017, David P. Pekoske became the seventh administrator of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Before he was chosen to lead the TSA by the Trump Administration, Mr. Pekoske was Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. He also worked in the government services industry, so he has had extensive training and experience to prepare him to lead the TSA.

During Mr. Pekoske's tenure, the important DHS program known as REAL ID will take effect. Starting on 1 October 2010, Americans will need a REAL ID–compliant driver's license to fly and to access some federal government offices.

Los Angeles International Airport received new screening technologies for the TSA in August 2018. A state-of-the-art piece of equipment called a computed tomography (CT) scanner is being used to screen carry-on luggage. Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) is also being used at LAX to verify travelers' photo IDs against a database.

Perhaps the the biggest challenge Mr. Pekoske and the TSA has faced is the coronavirus pandemic, which started in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. With responsibility for security for air travel, railways, and ports, he and the TSA must balance peoples' safety and health with the realities of keeping commerce and the transportation system working as smoothly as possible.

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