of Transportation Norman Mineta
Releases Recommendations from Rapid Response Teams
October 5, 2001
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today released the recommendations
of two rapid response teams on airport and aircraft security formed after the
terrorist attacks of September 11
The recommendations of both rapid response teams, which the Secretary received
during final meetings with both teams on October 1 and 2, have been posted on
the Departments Web Site http://www.dot.gov/. The most substantive of
the recommendations, including a major program for securing the cockpit doors
of the nations entire commercial aircraft fleet, as well as a $20 million
dollar grant for innovative, new technology that will further enhance flight
deck security, are already underway.
A mid-point review of recommendations by both rapid response teams resulted
in the $500 million security initiative ordered last week by President Bush,
including federal management of airport security services; a major expansion
of the Federal Air Marshal Program; and the deployment of the National Guard
to augment existing security staff at all airport check points. These recommendations
are also helping to provide the basis for the Congress and the Administration
in developing new security measures for our national aviation system.
Secretary Mineta said, The actions I am announcing today, and those the
Administration has already put in place, address the areas we believe will continue
to provide the traveling public with the highest possible level of security
on an urgent basis. These are extraordinary times, and we are rejecting bureaucratic
business-as-usual when it comes to transportation safety and security.
I have personally reviewed each of the recommendations of both teams,
and I want to thank the FAA experts and our private-sector team members for
developing a range of well-thought-out options for consideration, and for the
tremendous amount of work theyve done on our behalf throughout the past
Participating in the rapid response team on airport security were: Herb Kelleher,
chairman of the board of directors of Southwest Airlines; Raymond Kelly, former
commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service and veteran law enforcement officer;
Charles M. (Chip) Barclay, president of the American Association of Airport
Executives (AAAE); and Richard H. Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest
Participating in the rapid response team on aircraft security were: Robert W.
Baker, vice chairman of American Airlines; Robert A. Davis, former vice president
of engineering and technology for the Boeing Company; Capt. Duane Woerth, president
of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA); and Patricia A. Friend, International
President of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA).