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"Senate Security Bill S. 1447 to Floor This Afternoon"



Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Senate Security Bill to Floor This Afternoon - Your Input On Bill Needed

AAAE/ACI-NA


The Senate has just announced its intention to move to airport security
legislation, S. 1447, shortly after 2p.m. today.  While we have provided
an outline of the Senate legislation in previous Alerts, we wanted to
give you more detail and ask for your input on any potential concerns
with the legislation.  We are particularly interested in your views on
the Senate approach to security screening, which envisions federal
screeners at larger airports and state or local law enforcement
officials at non-hub airports with the airport being reimbursed for the
costs incurred in providing the required screening, training and
evaluation.  With the bill quickly moving forward, your immediate
response is critical.    

S. 1447, Aviation Security Act
Airport Screeners: 

.         Screening of passengers and baggage at all airports larger
than non-hubs will be conducted by federal government personnel.
Screening at non-hubs will be conducted by qualified, trained state or
local law enforcement personnel.  Non-hubs would be reimbursed for the
costs of providing the law enforcement personnel required for screening.

.         At airports bigger than non-hubs, at least one law enforcement
officer would be required at each airport security screening location.
Additional law enforcement would be required at screening locations at
the 100 largest airports.  

Additional Airport Costs:

.         Allows flexibility for use of AIP/PFC funds for fiscal year
2002 to defray additional direct security-related expenses for airports.
Local matching share requirement would be waived.    

.         Provides authorization for funds (would require an
appropriation to materialize) to reimburse airports for direct costs
incurred by airport operators in complying with new, additional or
revised security requirements (LEOs, etc.).  

.         For entitlement funds for FY03, the calculation would be based
on the higher of calendar year 2000 or 2001 enplanements.

.         FAA Administrator would be directed to expedite the processing
and approval of PFC requests to go from $3 to $4.50.

Perimeter/Secure Area Access: 

.         Authorizes the Administrator in consultation with airport
operators and law enforcement authorities to order the deployment of
additional personnel at secure areas of airports as necessary.
Contemplates additional screening for airline/airport employees with
access to secure areas.

.         Allows Secretary of Transportation to enter into MOUs with
Attorney General or others to deploy federal law enforcement personnel
at airports.

.         Requires Administrator to develop a plan to provide technical
support to small and medium airports to enhance security and to provide
financial assistance to defray the costs of enhancing security.  

.         Requires Administrator to work with airport operators to
strengthen access control points.  Establishes pilot programs at no
fewer than 20 airports to test emerging technology for access control,
including biometrics.  Requires airports to develop security awareness
programs for airport employees, ground crews, and others.  

Other Security-Related Costs:

.         Establishes a $1.00 (will likely increase) user fee from air
carriers for each passenger enplaned to pay for additional costs of
security screeners and other new security requirements.

.         Authorizes (subject to appropriations) additional funding for
necessary aviation security.   

Federal Air Marshals: 

.         Requires random placement of air marshals on domestic and
international flights.  Authorizes use of other federal law enforcement
officials until air marshal program is fully functional.

Cockpit Security: 

.         Requires FAA to issue emergency order to strengthen flight
deck doors and locks, require that flight deck doors remain locked
during flight, and prohibit access to the flight deck.

Other Provisions: 

.         Creates Transportation Security Administration at DOT headed
by Deputy Secretary for Security.  Responsible for screening of
passengers and baggage and all existing civil aviation security
functions. 

.         Creates Aviation Security Coordination Council to coordinate
intelligence, security, and criminal enforcement activities from
intelligence agencies, Department of Defense, etc. 

.         Requires background investigation for "aliens" before they may
receive training in jet aircraft. 

.         Requires DOT report within 6 months on how to improve security
with respect to general aviation and air charter operations.   

 

The AAAE/ACI-NA Legislative Team continues to make the rounds with
Members of Congress and their staffs, with a number of additional
meetings scheduled today on both sides of the Capitol.  We are pressing
hard to gain assistance for airports in meeting additional security
costs, and we appreciate your input on the other issues as well.  With
the Senate moving today, and the House expected to move forward next
week, we need you to get back to us as soon as possible if you have
additional concerns.  As always, thank you for your input and
assistance. 

   Post your comments in the CAA Legislative Forum
http://www.californiaaviation.org/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?conf=DCConfID5

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