FAA Says It’s Better Prepared for Terrorist Threats

 - April 2, 2007, 7:49 AM

FAA actions on 9/11 “demonstrated the urgency and initiative of many employees who were acting under intense pressure,” the agency said in a response to the findings last month of the 9/11 commission. But, the commission noted, the FAA faced a situation it had “never encountered or trained against” and no one involved had “perfect information” that morning. Like other agencies and organizations who responded to the terrorist actions, the FAA said it has developed “specific plans and procedures” that now ensure a rapid response to any potential aviation threat. Closer coordination with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), shared radar information and instant communication access to other government agencies “are important elements of that improved rapid-response capability. None of us ever wants to see another September 11, which is why the FAA is committed to doing everything in its power to prevent a similar attack.”