THE DAILY FED
Airline Commission Reports
President Clinton today asked Congress for $1 billion to combat terrorism in the skies. "We cannot make the world risk- free, but we can reduce the risks we face," Clinton said. "And we have to take the fight to the terrorists."
Accepting a report submitted by the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security chaired by Vice President Gore, the president agreed to place bomb-detection devices in airports and strengthen FBI anti-terrorism efforts.
New measures will include immediate criminal background checks of airport workers with access to secure areas, and matching each piece of luggage with a passenger. Also, Clinton said that specially trained military dogs will assist with security at the nation's key airports.