Friday, 18 June 2004

USA Senate schedules hearings on aviation security

The USA Senate Commitee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has scheduled two hearings next week on aviation security and "screening".

On Tuesday, 22 June 2004, the full Commitee will hold a hearing on Aviation Security including "testimony on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) 2005 budget request [and] the progress of the enhanced Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-screening System (CAPPS).... Senator McCain will preside."

On Thursday, 24 June 2004, the Subcommittee on Aviation of the same Committee will hold a hearing on Security Screening Options for Airports including "testimony on the Transportation Safety Administration's progress in completing this program and the lessons learned from the security screening pilot program. Senator Lott will preside." It's not clear whether the tests referred to are tests of passenger screening schemes such as CAPPS-II, or tests of airport worker monitoring and tracking systems such as the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), which wouldn't seem to fit the definition of "screening".

Each of these hearings will be Webcast live, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Washington, DC time (14:30 GMT/UTC).

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