Airline Security Law - A Failed Model Implemented Again
For Immediate Release.
November 20, 2001 Unfortunately,
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.
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.
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.
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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
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