Safer Skies: Baggage Screening and Beyond; with Supporting Analyses

Safer Skies: Baggage Screening and Beyond; with Supporting Analyses

Safer Skies: Baggage Screening and Beyond; with Supporting Analyses

Safer Skies: Baggage Screening and Beyond; with Supporting Analyses

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This paper is the result of an examination of plans for implementing explosive detection systems for checked baggage at all U.S. airports, and it contains suggested changes to the existing plans for implementation of the systems.

The work was funded by RAND's independent research and development funds. It should be of interest to those concerned about whether the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) plans (now part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act) appropriately respond to the security threats against our air transportation system. It should also interest those who wish to better understand how to address the natural tension between unfettered access to our commercial aircraft and enhanced transportation security. The research and the writing of this paper were completed in March 2002, and hence it does not reflect subsequent developments in this field. Its publication serves to document RAND's approach to this problem as well as its analytical findings.

This study was conducted by RAND as part of its continuing program of selfsponsored research. We acknowledge the support for such research provided by the independent research and development provisions of RAND's contracts for the operation of its Department of Defense federally funded research and development centers: Project AIR FORCE (sponsored by the U.S. Air Force), the Arroyo Center (sponsored by the U.S. Army), and the National Defense Research Institute (sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the unified commands, and the defense agencies).

This research was overseen by RAND's National Security Research Division (NSRD). NSRD conducts research and analysis for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the unified commands, the defense agencies, the Department of the Navy, the U.S. intelligence community, allied foreign governments, and foundations.

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