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"AAAE/ACI-NA testifies before Government Affairs Subcommittee"

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Hauptli to testify TODAY before Government Affairs Subcommittee - CSPAN
will broadcast hearing

At 2 p.m. today, AAAE/ACI-NA Senior Vice President for Legislative
Affairs Todd Hauptli will testify before the Subcommittee on Energy
Policy, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs. The hearing is titled
"What Regulations are Needed to Ensure Air Security." Other witnesses
include House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica and
representatives from the Air Transport Association, Air Line Pilots
Association, Association of Flight Attendants, American Federation of
Government Employees, Security Consultants Inc. and Aviation Consumer
Action Project.

The Subcommittee will feature a webcast of the hearing on its website
(http://www.house.gov/reform/) and CSPAN 3 will also broadcast the

Hauptli's testimony includes the following points:

   *Airports, airlines and general aviation must begin to plug the
security holes. However, while the costs and complexities are huge, they
pale in comparison to the greatest threat to our system's future which
is a lack of public confidence in air transportation safety and the
resulting revenue impact that attitude has on all aviation businesses.

   *While airports are spending more to increase airport security and
deploy more law enforcement personnel at their facilities, their
incoming revenue has declined with the number of passengers using the
system. Though the Aviation and Transportation Security Act authorizes
$1.5 billion to reimburse airports for new security requirements, it
does not include the necessary appropriations. Airports urge Congress to
rectify that mistake by appropriating much-needed funds for new security

   *As implementation of the new screening function moves forward,
airports think it is important to ensure a cooperative working
arrangement between federal employees and airports. The new
Transportation Security Administration must be cognizant of the distinct
and important role of airports and consult with airport operators and
managers as the process moves forward.

   *There are many new technology options that Congress and the
Administration must explore in an effort to enhance security at our
nation's airports. Technology can be effectively used in three ways: 1)
to find dangerous "things;" 2) to find dangerous people; or 3) to verify
the identity of people who do not present a risk. At the top of any
technology list should be a "smart credential" as called for in the
Rapid Response Team report.

The testimony also addresses the new explosive detection system
requirement, criminal history record checks, access to secure areas in
and around airport terminals and emergency procedures. A copy of
Hauptli's testimony is available on the AAAE/ACI-NA Joint Legislative
website at

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