Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

TIS Fall Meeting Focuses on Aviation Security, Reathorization

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

TIS Fall Meeting Focuses on Aviation Security, Reathorization

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After researching issues related to the security of air cargo, members of the Transportation Infrastructure and Services (TIS) Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee voted at their fall meeting to forward a resolution supporting increased funding for research and development of technology for inspection of cargo that goes into passenger planes, citing this cargo as a primary concern for cities.

"We need to assure our constituents that cargo placed on passenger planes is safe," said San Jose, Calif., Vice Mayor Pat Dando, chair of TIS. "To provide that assurance, improved physical inspections are needed. The committee voted to support more federal funding for the technology that can make it possible, without harming the commercial aviation industry."

Though general aviation security was also a topic that the committee researched this year, most committee members agreed that the nation is at minimal risk from an attack from a general aviation aircraft, primarily due to the much smaller size of most of these planes.

Further, the committee agreed that the local impact of any attack would be negligible. Therefore, no policy recommendations on this issue will be forwarded to the TIS Policy and Advocacy Committee in December.

Hazardous materials transportation, the final policy topic on the TIS agenda, will be forwarded to the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Advocacy Committee for their review.

Committee members concluded that NLC's continued support for increased spending on infrastructure improvements would reduce accidents involving hazardous materials by increasing the safety and efficiency of the nation's infrastructure. …

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