Aviation Security:

FAA Needs Preboard Passenger Screening Performance Standards

RCED-87-182: Published: Jul 24, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1987.

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GAO provided information on its work to date on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) testing of preboard passenger screening.

GAO found that, although the preboard screening process has provided a deterrent to crimes against civil aviation, there were wide variations, from a high of 99 percent to a low of 34 percent, in the frequency with which FAA detected weapons.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: FAA amended the Air Carrier Standard Security Program establishing a standard on October 1, 1987.

    Recommendation: FAA should establish a minimum standard that the airlines must meet for the detection of FAA test weapons and use the standard as one of several management tools in its oversight of passenger screening.

    Agency Affected: Department of Transportation: Federal Aviation Administration


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