Airline Commission Reports

September 9, 1996

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.

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