Aviation Security: Progress and Problems in Passenger Baggage Screening, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, February 12, 2004   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of John L. Mica: "It has been more than two years since Congress passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. That Act established the Transportation Security Administration [TSA] and set some very tight deadlines in which to set up new passenger and bagging screening systems. [...] Unfortunately, in the rush to meet its congressionally mandated deadlines, I am afraid TSA created a monolithic bureaucracy that unfortunately has shown an inability to adapt and keep pace with the ever changing demands of our aviation industry. The airline industry fortunately is finally on the rebound and many fear now because of the structure and problems we have had with TSA that the Transportation Security Administration as currently structured and manned is not capable of handling the projected growth that we are now seeing in returned commercial passenger traffic. [...] The Federal Government spent well over $12 billion on aviation security since TSA's inception, yet we continue to hear about failures of the screening system. Our Nation's aviation security must become smarter and we must make better use of our limited resources. Unfortunately, we have no other options." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John L. Mica, Cathleen A. Berrick, Tom Blank, Angela Gittens, Todd Hauptli, Tom Jensen, Randy Null, David Z. Plavin, Randy Walker, Stephen J. McHale, James L. Oberstar, Air Transport Association of America, Letter to David M. Stone, Gary Shapiro, Frank Curren, and L3 Communications.

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