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updated 3/17/2010 5:57:11 PM ET 2010-03-17T21:57:11

The U.S. is working hard to forge agreements with other nations to improve airport security worldwide after a failed Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard a Detroit-bound airliner, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.

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"We can do all we want in domestic airports, but unless worldwide airports increase their security and worldwide aviation increases its security, we're not really going to solve the entire problem," Napolitano said during a visit to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center on the Georgia coast.

Napolitano spoke to about 300 trainees, instructors and local dignitaries after touring the 1,600-acre Brunswick center, essentially the nation's largest federal police academy. It trains more than 24,000 agents and officers each year for the Secret Service, U.S. Customs Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Obama administration has been working to reach international agreements on sharing passenger information, airport screening technology and security procedures, Napolitano said, in light of the Christmas attack in which a Nigerian man is charged with plotting to blow up a plane on arrival in Detroit from Amsterdam.

Slideshow: Cartoons: Danger in the air She said regional airport security conferences have been held for countries in Western Europe, Asia and North and South America, with upcoming talks scheduled for the Middle East and Africa later this year.

"This really has not been done for a number decades, so there's a lot of global work that can be achieved now using Christmas Day as a catalyst," Napolitano said.

She noted the Christmas Day flight was carrying passengers from 17 different countries, "all of whom would have been killed" had the attack succeeded.

Video: ‘Minimal exposure’ on new airport scans Before her speech, Napolitano took a seat inside a simulator installed with rows of airplane seats to resemble the cabin of a passenger carrier as instructors demonstrated a mock terrorist hijack attempt used to train federal air marshals.

Two men jumped from their seats brandishing plastic knives before an instructor drew his handgun, firing blanks.

"Do I get an aisle seat?" Napolitano asked as she entered the simulator.

"Yes, ma'am," replied senior instructor Mark Royer. "Welcome to FLETC Air, where you're guaranteed to get hijacked every time."

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