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"Gephardt Press Event / Mineta to be on tonight's CBS 60 Minutes II / Barclay will address U.S. Conference of Mayors"

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Gephardt Press Event / Mineta to be on tonight's CBS 60 Minutes II / Barclay
will address U.S. Conference of Mayors

Gephardt blames Armey and Delay for stopping progress on aviation security

Earlier today, House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) told
reporters that a "minority in the majority" opposes the Senate and House
Democratic aviation security proposals and their provisions to "federalize"
the screener workforce for ideological reasons. He specifically criticized
House Majority Whip Tom Delay and House Majority Leader for "single
handedly" stopping progress on the issue. Gephardt was joined by Bill
Turbin, a U.S. Airways Pilot who lost his job because of the economic
consequences of the September 11 attacks, and Paul McKennon, International
Secretary Treasurer for the Association of Flight Attendants. Turbin said
that Congress should support displaced workers with economic relief just as
they bolstered the airlines and asked the public to 'come out and fly.' In
contrast, McKennon said that the U.S. aviation system is no more secure than
it was on September 11 and gave his recommendations for improving security.
McKennon's recommendations were overhauling training for flight attendants,
federalizing airport screeners under the Department of Justice, screening
all checked luggage, instituting positive passenger bag match, enforcing a
strict policy of no more than one carry-on bag, and requiring screening for
vendors, airport personnel and ground service personnel.

Gephardt also admitted that the President supported the House Republican
aviation security proposal, which sets new standards for screeners and uses
a public-private partnership for airport security. Gephardt reiterated his
own position that the federal government needs to be in control of airport
screeners saying that just setting standards for screeners isn't strong
enough since the federal government already had standards in place before
September 11. Video clips from the Gephardt press conference are available
on the AAAE/ACI-NA Legislative Affairs website on

Mineta to appear on tonight's CBS 60 Minutes II

Tonight, Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta will be featured on CBS
60 Minutes II (8 p.m. EST). Mineta tells 60 Minutes II that the airline
industry has worked to weaken aviation security proposals in order to avoid
costs, and he goes on to say that the airlines should be removed from the
aviation security process. For more information on the program, visit the
CBS 60 Minute II website at

Barclay to address U.S. Conference of Mayors

Tomorrow morning, AAAE President Chip Barclay will join FAA Administrator
Jane Garvey and ATA President Carol Hallet for a panel discussion on airport
security and economic viability led by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn. The
discussion, part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Emergency, Safety and
Security Summit, begins at 8 a.m in the Capitol Hilton. Our Aviation News
Today cameras will be there and we will have video highlights and more
information on the panel tomorrow. For more information on the summit, visit
the U.S. Conference of Mayors site at

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