Airport security: Years of inaction left flawed system to fail

Number 18494
Subject Airports
Source Star (Kansas City, Mo.)
State MO
Year 2001
Publication Date Nov. 11
Summary A Kansas City Star investigative packet examines lapses in aviation security, which allowed for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack to occur. Airlines have always fought against draft legislation for raising minimum security standards, the Star reports, in order to keep their attractiveness to customers and profit margins. One of the stories reveals that airlines have regularly sent congressmen on vacation and 'educational' trips for free, in exchange for favorable legislation. Despite constant warnings by the General Accounting Office, not only the Congress, but also the FAA failed to enforce rules to tighten airport security. Some of the findings are that screeners sometimes turned out to be felons, and bags were not scanned for bombs. The investigation focuses on problems detected specifically at the Kansas City International Airport, the nation's 35th busiest airport.
Category General
Pages 11
Keywords American Association of Airport Executives;Federal Aviation Administration (FAA);TWA;United Airlines;Delta Air;screeners;security;lobbying;bombs;terrorism;bombs;check-in;X-rays;weapons
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