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Airline Security Without Big Government Bureaucracy

For Immediate Release. November 2, 2001The House of Representatives should be congratulated for its effort to stop the expansion of big government under the guise of security with the passage of the Secure Transportation for America Act of 2001 (H.R. 3150) by a vote of 286-139.  The measure, based on a proven model of air traffic security used in Europe and Israel, will be quicker to implement than the alternative traffic bill - Transportation Security Enhancement Act of 2001 (H.R. 3110) – which would have taken a full year, at minimum, to set in motion. 

From the standpoint of security, European airports are particularly skilled at screening passengers.  In the last decade, Europe has experienced only four hijackings. 

“This legislation gives the government the flexibility to facilitate the transition to a new security system with private contractors, to promote better screening through competition, and to empower security managers to swiftly discipline or remove employees failing to meet rigorous new standards,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy. 

The alternative bill would have continued to increase the Washington bureaucracy, empower unions, and in a federal civil service bureaucracy would have made it almost impossible to eliminate incompetent and untrustworthy employees.  It would also have done little to answer the problems of implementing affordable and effective security, a problem in a similar version of the air traffic security bill called the Aviation Security Act (S. 1447) passed in the Senate by a 100-0 vote on October 11, 2001.

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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy

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