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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!