Ten Years After 9/11: Assessing Airport Security and Preventing a Future Terrorist Attack, Field Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, September 16, 2011 [open pdf - 381KB]
From the opening statement of Michael T. McCaul: "The terrorists began this war by using our airports as launching pads. Over a period of 10 years, we've spent billions of dollars to mitigate such a threat. However, the 9/11 Commission's 10th anniversary report card concludes, 'We are still vulnerable to aviation security threats.' Specifically, the report states, 'We need to improve screening at airport checkpoints using biometrics and standardized identification documents to make it more difficult to circumvent security.' In addition, the attempted terrorist bombing of Northwest flight 253 on approach to Detroit on Christmas day 2009 provides a vivid reminder that commercial aviation remains an attractive terrorist target and underscores the need for effective airport security. Our major airports now have multiple layers of security screening. Today's hearing will examine two of those layers, airport perimeter security as well as new security measures being tested here at Logan International Airport. This airport has led the Nation in new techniques and innovative methods to prevent another 9/11 attack. Methods used by airports to control access vary because of differences in design and layout. But all access controls must meet minimum performance standards established by the TSA [Transportation Security Administration]. TSA requires airports to control access using methods such as pedestrian and vehicle gates, keypad access codes with personal identification numbers, magnetic stripe cards and readers, turnstiles, locks and keys, and security personnel." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael T. McCaul, William R. Keating, Stephen M. Lord, Chris McLaughlin, George Naccara, Edward C. Freni, and Michael P. Concannon.
Serial No. 112-45
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