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"Barclay asks Mayors to help secure airport economic relief and advocates using biometric technology to help restore system efficiency"

Friday, October 26, 2001

Barclay asks Mayors to help secure airport economic relief and advocates
using biometric technology to help restore system efficiency - VIDEO

Barclay asks US mayors to press for economic relief for airports and
advocates using biometric technology to restore system efficiency.

Yesterday, FAA Administrator Jane Garvey, ATA President Carol Hallet and
AAAE President Chip Barclay addressed the nation's mayors as part of the
U.S. Conference of Mayors Emergency, Safety and Security Summit.

Garvey said that the Administration would back the House Republican
aviation security proposal which calls for a public-private partnership
for airport screeners. She also said that airports would have the
flexibility to use National Guard members for airport security purposes.

Barclay outlined the economic crisis that airports face as a consequence
of the September 11 attacks and asked the mayors to help press the case
for federal funding for airports to meet unfunded security mandates. He
also stressed that airports were not seeking federal assistance to make
up for lost revenues. Barclay said that financial devastation for
airports from the September 11 attacks was an "economic tsunami."

"There was no warning of its coming. Revenues fell off a cliff. Costs
shot through the ceiling and just the shock to the system has been
enormous," Barclay said.

Barclay also said that the aviation system has got to "get back to
normal" and that means that the United States needs to provide both a
safe and secure aviation system as well as a system that recaptures some
of its efficiency. 

"If we continue to have two hour lines on each end of a trip suddenly a
one-day business trip becomes totally impractical," he said.

Barclay said that those in the aviation industry needed to "work smart"
and that one way of tightening security while improving efficiency is to
use technology to develop a voluntary pre-screening process for
passengers, Barclay said. These "smart credientials" would use biometric
technology to expedite the security processing of non-threat passengers
who were willing to trade some personal information for faster
screening. He said that the development of these "smart credentials" or
"smart cards" was one of the most important recommendations of the
airport rapid response team.

"We've got 700 million people traveling every year. We can't run a
public transportation system that is efficient and treats all of them
like potential terrorists," he said. 

Video clips from the US Conference of Mayors Conference are available on
the AAAE/ACI-NA Joint Legislative website at

The entire speech from Barclay is available on Digicast under "Breaking

House Republican Leaders Commit to floor consideration of the Young
Aviation Security Bill

House Majority Leader Dick Armey announced yesterday that the House
would take up the Aviation Security Bill next Wednesday, October 31st.
Armey, during a press conference on Capitol Hill, stated that Congress
should be focusing completely on the issue of safer transportation and
that any other political agendas should be set aside so that security
can be improved quickly.

US Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said that the
Republican-sponsored bill "reflects what the President wants done."
Mineta said that tough federal oversight of the security process needs
to be implemented and the oversight belongs with the Department of

The House currently has three major aviation security bills: H.R. 3110,
the bill sponsored by Democrat Jim Oberstar that would federalize the
screening process, H.R. 3150, sponsored by Republican Don Young that
gives the President the flexibility to decide whether or not screeners
should be federal employees, and the third is a version of the
Senate-passed bill that was introduced by Representative Ganske.

Stating that the current system was "simply unacceptable," House
Majority Whip Tom DeLay called for higher standards and stricter
accountability for those that screen passengers at airports. However,
DeLay, along with Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Don Young
and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica, emphasized the benefits of
a public-private partnership and each highlighted the failed bid of
several European nations at a public airport screener force. 

For an easy-to-read comparison of the three aviation security bills,
visit the CAA Website at 

Video highlights of Secretary Mineta, Majority Whip DeLay and Majority
Leader Armey can be found at:

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