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Congress wants airport screening inquiry

Lawmakers are demanding an inquiry into security screening at the nation’s airports, United Press International has learned, amid concerns from the families of the victims of Sept. 11 that there has been “little or no improvement” in aviation security since 19 hijackers were able to seize four planes and use them to destroy the World Trade Center and damage the Pentagon. The General Accounting Office — Congress’ investigative arm — has been asked to undertake the inquiry by Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee. “We cannot be certain that these new screeners are better at detecting weapons and other threat objects,” he wrote in a letter Wednesday to David Walker, the GAO chief, referring to the tens of thousands of federal employees hired by the new Transportation Security Administration to screen passengers and baggage at the nation’s hundreds of major airports. Full Story

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