Seven years after 9/11, general aviation is still vulnerable to acts of terrorism because of inaction by the White House, according to a report prepared by the Democratic staffs of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees.
If you’ve ever suspected that the right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing in Washington, Congress and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are doing little to dispel that notion.
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.
The U.S. Senate has passed a legislation package addressing many of the 9/11 Commission’s aviation security recommendations that have not yet found their way into law. Notably, the proposed rules would give the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) one year to develop a threat assessment program for general aviation airports, as well as conduct a study on the feasibility of providing grants to these airports for security upgrades.