TERROR ON FLIGHT 800: NO BARRIER TO MAYHEM

U.S. AIRPORT SECURITY IS LAX COMPARED WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. THE FAA IS IN NO HURRY TO IMPROVE IT

What are you willing to give up to make air travel safer? An additional $50 a ticket? $200? An extra half-hour spent undergoing security checks at the airport, or twice that? More important still, how many of us--complacent in the knowledge of American technological superiority, shielded here from foreign terrorism for decades--even realize how perilous the state of airport and airplane security is? For years safety measures, many of which are now standard elsewhere in the world, have languished here--victims of cost-benefit analysis, competing business interests and glacial government bureaucracy.

The modern era of air terrorism--and antiterrorist technology--began on Dec. 21,...

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