Annual Report to Congress on Civil Aviation Security January 1, 1994 - December 31, 1994   [open pdf - 277KB]

The FAA's aviation security mission is to protect the users of commercial air transportation against terrorist and other criminal acts. Because terrorists seek to destroy public confidence in the safety of air travel and disrupt this vital segment of the U.S. and world economies, the continued growth of commercial air transportation hinges on the effectiveness of aviation security measures. Protecting the air traffic control infrastructure-FAA facilities and equipment and the employees who operate them-is part of that same mission. The FAA also assists other agencies in the interdiction of drugs coming into the United States. The responsibility for aviation security is a shared one and so are its costs. The FAA continuously assesses threats, assigns measures for both current and increased threat situations through regulations, and works with the aviation industry to implement those measures, using enforcement action when necessary. The aviation industry, through its managers and employees, implements those measures. Air carriers are responsible for applying security measures to passengers, service and flight crew, baggage, and cargo-in short, everyone and everything that enters the aircraft. Airports are responsible for maintaining a secure ground environment and providing local law enforcement support. The cooperation of passengers and the diligence of shippers are also needed.

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