Aviation Security: FAA's Actions to Study Responsibilities and Funding for Airport Security and to Certify Screening Companies, Report to Congressional Committees and Subcommittees [open pdf - 76KB]
After the explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, Congress focused its attention on increasing aviation security, which culminated in the passage of the Aviation Security Improvement Act of 1990. The still unexplained crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996 spurred the federal government to further strengthen aviation security. This report provides information on (1) the status of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to implement section 301 of the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act and (2) the status of the FAA's efforts to implement section 302 and factors that could impede such implementation. The FAA issued the report required by section 301 in January 1999, two years after the deadline set by law. The FAA's report concluded that there should be no change to the current system of shared aviation security responsibilities among the FAA, the air carriers, and the airport operators or to the current funding sources for aviation security.
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