Aviation security still seems to be a big problem within the U.S. Today it was reported that aviation is still vulnerable to attacks by al-Qaida and
other terrorists who may choose to target non-commercial aircraft. Officials claim the report also claims that commercial airlines remain susceptible
to attack despite more than $12,000,000,000 being spent on security investments.
The money has been spent on explosive detectors, armoured cockpit doors, screeners, air marshals and other aviation security systems since the
September 11th terrorist attacks. Member of al-Qaida are believed to have been examining and testing U.S security systems for weaknesses.
A counter terrorism official said helicopters were singled out as potential targets in intelligence that surfaced last August. That intelligence also
led Homeland Security to raise the terror alert level in Washington, New York and northern New Jersey to protect financial institutions there.
More than $12 billion US has been spent on explosive detectors, armoured cockpit doors, screeners, air marshals and other aviation security systems
since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
But a report by congressional investigators in December found that the U.S. Transportation Security Agency "has primarily focused on strengthening the
security of commercial aviation." That report noted that TSA does not understand the risks posed by small private planes, fails to issue meaningful
threat information to general aviation airports, and can not make sure charter airlines and flight schools comply with security regulations.
Officials said that the thousands of general aviation airports - which host recreational planes, business jets, helicopters and other kinds of
noncommercial aircraft - must all have security measures that are equivalent to TSA mandates at commercial airports
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Places which run recreational planes, business jets, helicopters and other kinds of non commercial aircraft are not going to have the funding to be
able to have the equivalent to TSA mandates at commercial airports. Commercial aircrafts should be secure because of the huge industry it is based in.
I don’t feel the government is in the right to state that these recreational planes must have the same amount of security because they are obviously
at a lower risk than a commercial jet.
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