The Big Airport Revolt

A key aspect of Washington's aviation-security plan is seriously flawed, and the 39 managers of the country's largest airports have taken the bold step of saying so in a strongly worded joint letter sent last week to Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta. A copy of the letter, obtained by TIME, bluntly takes on the new agency charged with fixing security, the Transportation Security Administration. The letter says the bomb-detection devices the TSA has ordered installed by Dec. 31 will create crowds of people in terminals who could be targets for attacks; the machines would be installed near terminal entrances and thus...

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