Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TRANSPORTATION Security First

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

TRANSPORTATION Security First

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A top priority for the federal government has to be restoring the air traffic system.

The effect on the airlines, and the ripple effect on hundreds of other industries, is going to be catastrophic if the situation is prolonged.

Of course, the key to operating the system, post-attack, is airport and airplane security.

That is why the nation's mayors are asking the government to take over airport security.

Airlines are not police agencies. They are ill-suited for the job. Security is a job for government, except in limited and special cases.

The 48-hour shutdown and the limited commercial air traffic after Sept. 11 were devastating to business travelers and a major inconvenience to other travelers.

Most will be willing, no doubt, to have even greater security, even at a cost. Government security will be more expensive, because it is government and because it will be more extensive, but there should be some offset from the current cost of security operations it will replace. …

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