Working Group Report Baggage Screening Investments Survey

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 20, 2006

Working Group Report Baggage Screening Investments Survey, prepared for the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, August 9, 2006 (220 pages, PDF).

  • Press release, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA): “The report was developed by experts from air carriers, airport operators, the federal government and contractors – it is a non-partisan report that was authorized by the 9/11 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. It recommends that Congress should “continue federal appropriations of at least $435 million for purchase and installation of Explosive Detection Systems, escalating annually.” According to the report “without adequate capital investment, screener staffing, levels would have to increase significantly to maintain 100% electronic screening.” However, Republicans have placed a cap on the number of airport screeners, creating security challenges at our airports because the current explosive detection systems are not easily modified to accommodate increased airline passenger traffic.”
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