Aviation Security-Related Findings and Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The 911 Commission found that al Qaeda operatives exploited known weaknesses in U.S. aviation security to carry out the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. While legislation and administration actions after September 11, 2001 were implemented to strengthen aviation security, the 911 Commission concluded that several weaknesses continue to exist. These include perceived vulnerabilities in cargo and general aviation security as well as inadequate screening and access controls at airports. The 911 Commission issued several recommendations designed to strengthen aviation security by enhancing passenger pre-screening improving measures to detect explosives on passengers addressing human factors issues at screening checkpoints expediting deployment of in-line baggage screening systems intensifying efforts to identify, track, and screen potentially dangerous cargo and deploying hardened cargo containers on passenger aircraft. In addition to these specific recommendations, an overarching recommendation for transportation security policy asserts that priorities should be set based on risk, and the most practical and cost effective deterrents should be implemented assigning appropriate roles and missions to federal, state, and local authorities, as well as private stakeholders.
- Commercial and General Aviation
- Military Intelligence
- Unconventional Warfare