During NBC's "Meet the Press" on Aug. 3, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, commenting on new Al-Qaeda threats to conduct a series of homicide hijackings of U.S. airplanes, remarked that airline passengers are much more secure today than they were before Sept. 11, 2001. However, he conceded that "it will be several years until we get the kind of robust system that we need" to protect the flying public. Almost two years and approximately $2.5 billion later, U.S. airports are ...


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