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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed changes made to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Carrier Standard Security Program following a terrorist airline bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to develop and include in the security program a comprehensive set of training requirements and standards tailored to the extra screening U.S. carriers are required to conduct at high-risk foreign airports.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

FAA developed, and incorporated in the Air Carrier Standard Security Program, a set of training requirements and standards for extra security U.S. carriers must provide at high-risk foreign airports.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should direct the Administrator, FAA, to require that FAA airline security inspections include procedures for evaluations of formal U.S. airline training of security personnel at high-risk airports.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

FAA amended inspection guidelines to require evaluations of formal U.S. air carrier training at high-risk foreign airports. FAA also incorporated new guidance into inspection training courses.

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