A Call For Action

After delivering a paper on security at domestic airports to the President’s Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism in 1990, I was informally told that, absent a terrorist act against domestic aviation in the United States, an overhaul of our airport security system was not likely. Since that time, and notwithstanding the Gore Commission inquiry after TWA 800, further recommendations to improve airport security have been made and new protocols established. The Pan Am and TWA disasters resulted in the loss of over 500 lives, a number at one time thought to be horrific. With the loss of human life now in the thousands as a result of air terrorism over New York City, Washington, D.C., and outside of Pittsburgh, the time is ripe to ask if we are now ready to secure our domestic aviation facilities.

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