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New Airline Security Law - A Failed Model Implemented Again

For Immediate Release. November 20, 2001Unfortunately, under the guise of enhancing airline security and to reassure passengers it is safe to fly, the President signed into law an aviation security bill which had recently passed both Chambers of Congress.  This new law is a continued attempt by Washington to formulate policy by a symbolism over substance approach to make it appear like something is being done by the government to protect airline passengers.

Many countries have already tried the top-down federalized approach.  National governments in Europe controlled security in airports for more than two decades.  However, this approach failed again and again.

With the exception of five facilities that will take part in a pilot program to test an alternative system, the measure will require all 28,000 baggage screeners to become federal employees.  Airports may seek permission from the government to return to a private system of monitoring after three years.  By the end of 2002, the new law requires all checked luggage to be screened with explosive detection equipment.  However, the cost will run into tens of billions of dollars with not enough equipment available to do the task.

This top-down federalization model approach is likely to be a poor fit for many airports because it is a mandated “one size fits all” approach solution, even though airports differ significantly one from another.

“This law that gives airports nationwide government-run passenger screening process is a foolish attempt by Washington lawmakers to make it appear like something is being done by the government to protect airline passengers,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.

For Interviews Contact:

Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy
757-436-5927
jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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