A Background Check On Bush's Plan For Safer Skies

With airlines running at less than 50% of capacity since Sept. 11, President Bush tried last week to get the nation airborne again. At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, he implored the public to "do your business around the country. Fly and enjoy America's great destination spots." Some of Bush's Cabinet secretaries--and even his dad--strapped themselves into commercial planes to "prove" that air travel is safe.

Travelers will need time to test their wings, as well as evidence of real changes in airport security. To that end, Bush announced a series of new federal initiatives. He vowed to make "our airline security...

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