The Nation: The Search for Safety

Just a few hours after the La Guardia bombing, President Ford ordered federal action to make certain that such a tragedy does not happen again. Specifically, he assigned a task force, headed by Transportation Secretary William Coleman, to draw up recommendations for tightening airport security. Coleman hoped to have them on Ford's desk within two weeks. It would be no easy task, though, to determine whether any of the 1.1 million passengers who enter the nation's 425 main airports each day was carrying a bomb. "A bag is a bag," confessed one perplexed...

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