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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Airlines: Too Much Security?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Just after the 9/11 Commission released its final report at the end of July, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee issued a press release touting security-related legislation it had promoted since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Under the heading of "aviation security," the release cited the laws that created the Transportation Security Administration, as well as those that armed commercial and cargo pilots. The Committee also mentioned bills that would protect aircraft against shoulder-fired missiles and mandate uniform biometric identification standards for law enforcement and airports.

"This Committee will continue to move legislation and improve our ability to secure the traveling public," Chairman Donald Young (R-Alaska) promised.

Last week, the airlines' industry group dispatched a representative to testify at the House Aviation Subcommittee's hearing on the 9/11 Commission's recommendations. The message: let's not get carried away.

Full story at Forbes.com