GAO Report Fails To Address Security Risk Issue

 - June 26, 2011, 5:45 AM

In response to a Senate committee request, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) assessed security at 13 U.S. general aviation (GA) airports and found that they “had multiple security measures in place to protect against unauthorized access.” The 33-page GAO report notes that the senators who asked for the study are interested “in the security risks posed by unauthorized individuals gaining access to airports with general aviation operations.” The GAO visited 13 airports, including three where commercial operations take place, and assessed the airports’ compliance with voluntary TSA security guidelines. At one airport with no perimeter fencing, GAO investigators drove onto the airport and parked next to a jet without being stopped or questioned by anyone. Oddly, while the senators asked for an assessment of security risks, the GAO report focused on security measures.