Aviation Security Essay

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United States Government Accountability Office GAO March 2005 Report to Congressional Committees AVIATION SECURITY Secure Flight Development and Testing Under Way, but Risks Should Be Managed as System Is Further Developed GAO-05-356 March 2005 AVIATION SECURITY Highlights Highlights of GAO-05-356, a report to congressional committees Accountability Integrity Reliability Secure Flight Development and Testing Under Way, but Risks Should Be Managed as System Is Further Developed Why GAO Did This Study Among its efforts to strengthen aviation security, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is developing a new passenger prescreening system—known as Secure Flight. As required by Congress, TSA is planning to assume, through Secure Flight, the prescreening function currently performed by the air carriers. This report assesses the (1) status of Secure Flight’s development and implementation, (2) factors that could influence the effectiveness of Secure Flight, (3) processes used to oversee and manage the Secure Flight program, and (4) efforts taken to minimize the impacts on passengers and protect passenger rights. In conducting this assessment, we addressed the 10 specific areas of congressional interest related to Secure Flight outlined in Public Law 108-334. What GAO Found TSA is making progress in addressing each of the key areas of congressional interest related to the development and implementation of Secure Flight, including developing and testing the system. However, TSA has not yet completed these efforts or fully addressed these areas, due largely to the current stage of the system’s development. For example, while TSA has drafted a concept of operations and system requirements, it has not finalized these key documents or completed test activities that will need to be accomplished before Secure Flight becomes

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