Transportation safety (21 - 30 of 140 items)
Aviation Security: Registered Traveler Program Policy and Implementation Issues
GAO-03-253: Published: Nov 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2002.
The aviation industry and business traveler groups have proposed the registered traveler concept as a way to reduce long waits in airport security lines caused by heightened security screening measures implemented after the September 11 terrorist attacks. In addition, aviation security experts have advocated this concept as a way to better target security resources to those travelers who might pos...
Commercial Aviation: A Framework for Considering Federal Financial Assistance
GAO-01-1163T: Published: Sep 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2001.
The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11 killed thousands of Americans and foreign nationals. The economic toll will also be enormous. Countless jobs and retirement funds are now at risk. Estimates of the losses to the airline industry alone have ranged from $4 billion, according to many analysts, to more than $20 billion, according to some airline officials. Co...
Air Traffic Control: Role of FAA's Modernization Program in Reducing Delays and Congestion
GAO-01-725T: Published: May 10, 2001. Publicly Released: May 10, 2001.
This testimony discusses the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to modernize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system and its relationship to other initiatives to address the escalating crises of insufficient capacity facing the aviation industry. Specifically, GAO reviews the (1) extent of the delay and congestion problems and the contribution of the ATC system to them, (2) prog...
Performance and Accountability: Challenges Facing the Department of Transportation
GAO-01-443T: Published: Feb 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2001.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) faces critical challenges in achieving its goals of ensuring the safe and efficient movement of people and goods and in making cost-effective investments in the nation's transportation infrastructure. Many of the challenges GAO identified at DOT are long-standing and will require sustained attention by the new administration and Congress. Although the Departm...
Aviation Security: Additional Controls Needed to Address Weaknesses in Carriage of Weapons Regulations
RCED-00-181: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2000.
GAO provided information on aviation security, focusing on: (1) the frequency with which law enforcement officers carry weapons on board commercial aircraft; and (2) if weapons carriage regulations, both current and proposed, are sufficient to ensure the safety of passengers and the security of the aircraft.GAO noted that: (1) the number of law enforcement officers who fly while armed is unknown b...
Aviation Security: Long-Standing Problems Impair Airport Screeners' Performance
RCED-00-75: Published: Jun 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of screening checkpoints at airports, focusing on the: (1) causes of screeners' problems in detecting dangerous objects and the efforts of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address these problems; and (2) screening practices of selected foreign countries and the potential for using these practices to help improve screen...
Essential Air Service: Changes in Subsidy Levels, Air Carrier Costs, and Passenger Traffic
RCED-00-34: Published: Apr 14, 2000. Publicly Released: May 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Essential Air Service (EAS) program, focusing on: (1) how DOT applied criteria to establish which communities would receive subsidized air service; (2) changes in the level of subsidies provided to EAS-eligible communities in fiscal year 1999 relative to that provided in 1995; (3) why the level of subsidies...
Aviation Security: Vulnerabilities Still Exist in the Aviation Security System
T-RCED/AIMD-00-142: Published: Apr 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the security of the nation's air transportation system, focusing on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to implement and improve security in two key areas: (1) air traffic control computer systems; and (2) airport passenger screening checkpoints.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's work has identified security problems in both the air traffic...
Aviation Security: Slow Progress in Addressing Long-Standing Screener Performance Problems
T-RCED-00-125: Published: Mar 16, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed airport screeners' role in enforcing aviation security, focusing on: (1) the causes of screener performance problems in detecting threat objects; (2) the status of efforts being made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address these causes; and (3) the screening practices in five other countries as compared with the United States.GAO n...
Reagan National Airport: Capacity to Handle Additional Flights and Impact on Other Area Airports
RCED-99-234: Published: Sep 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1999.
GAO examined the impact of legislative proposals to increase the number of flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on two other area airports-Washington Dulles International (BWI) Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport, focusing on: (1) the most prominent proposals that would allow an increased number of takeoffs and landings at Reagan National and create exemptions to...