Leveraging Technology to Improve Aviation Part I and II; Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth congress, July 19, 2005 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of John Linder: "This afternoon, we will examine how current and emerging technologies may improve the efficiency and effectiveness of airline-passenger-checked baggage screening and checkpoint security. The Transportation Security Administration spends approximately $4 billion a year to screen passengers and baggage. While that is undoubtedly a lot of money, I fear this country is not getting nearly the return it would hope on such an investment. The deficiencies of the current system are well documented. Checkpoint x-ray machines and metal detectors are outmoded technology and have limited ability to detect modern terrorist threats … The result is a checkpoint security system that is too slow, too costly, too labor intensive, inefficient and, quite simply, not effective enough. I am hopeful that emerging technologies could alter the current state of checkpoint security." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lungren, Loretta Sanchez, Christopher Cox, Bennie G. Thompson, Peter A. DeFazio, Norman D. Dicks, James R. Langevin, Edward J. Markey, Stevan Pearce, and Mike Rogers.
Serial No. 109-31
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