Tags: Bush | Outlines | Airline | Safety | Plan

Bush Outlines Airline Safety Plan

Thursday, 27 September 2001 12:00 AM

As expected, the president outlined administration plans for aviation safety before a cheering crowd of airline workers and public officials at Chicago's O'Hare airport.

"We'll work with Congress to put the federal government in charge of passenger and bag screening and all safety inspections. We will make our standards tougher and better and consistent all around the country. The federal government will pay for governors to call up the National Guard and place guardsmen in inspection stations in airports," Bush said.

Federal air marshals will be "dramatically increased" on commercial jetliners, he added.

"When Americans fly there'll need to be more highly skilled and fully equipped officers of law flying alongside them. Now, these marshals, of course, will wear plain clothes. They will be like any other passenger. But Americans will know, that there's more of them. And our crews will know, there's more of them and the terrorists will know there's more of them," Bush said.

The president drew cheers when he said the administration would set aside $500 million for aircraft security and "enhanced cockpit protection."

"We look forward to working with the pilots and airlines to fortify doors and provide stronger locks so our pilots will always be in command of the airplanes. We will invest in new technology for aircraft security with grants to develop transponders that cannot be switched off from the cockpit, Bush said.

The technological improvements will also include "video monitors in the cockpit to alert pilots to trouble in the cabin" and new equipment "to enable controllers to take over distressed aircraft and land it by remote control," Bush said to more cheers from the crowd.

Bush summed up his proposals by saying, "we're returning America's airlines back to the American people. We're making a strong statement, that together, the government and the private sector will make flying a way of life again in America. My administration is confident. Tomorrow, nine cabinet members will board U.S. airlines to fly around our country to do their jobs."

Bush, perhaps borrowing a bit from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, said, "This nation will not live in fear.

"We've awakened to a new danger but our resolve is great and the spirit of America is incredibly strong. The attacks on America were intended to break our spirit; but the evil- doers failed. They thought they attacked America and hurt us but we are stronger than ever and we will prove it to the world."

The president made no mention of a proposal to arm airline pilots. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Thursday said its opposes such an idea. However, the Brady Campaign does support the idea of more air marshals.

"Air marshals are an appropriate response to stopping terrorism in the air because they are law enforcement officers who are continually trained in firearms safety, appropriate use of force, and shoot-don't shoot scenarios. Trained air marshals would have one purpose, which is to monitor the airplane and protect the passengers and crew," Brady Campaign President Mike Barnes said in a statement.

Reprinted from

© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Pre-2008
As expected, the president outlined administration plans for aviation safety before a cheering crowd of airline workers and public officials at Chicago's O'Hare airport. We'll work with Congress to put the federal government in charge of passenger and bag screening and...
Bush,Outlines,Airline,Safety,Plan
509
2001-00-27
Thursday, 27 September 2001 12:00 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved