Airlines Faces Possible Costs of Buying Antimissile Systems

Legislation will be introduced requiring airlines to maintain a ground-based antimissile system

Last year, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission) specifically recommended that the Transportation Security Administration and Congress "give priority attention to improving the ability of screeners at checkpoints to detect explosives on passengers." The resulting Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (P.L. 108-458) authorized $250 million for the research and deployment of advanced passenger screening technologies, such as trace portals and X-ray systems. To date, however, only about $30 million has been appropriated specifically for the general deployment of these types of technologies.