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Terrorism / Airline Safety / Foreign Flights #745078

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 29, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The US government’s new emergency rules requiring international airlines to place armed guards on certain flights in US airspace examined. [Secretary of Homeland Security Tom RIDGE – says this is an international challenge.] [British Transport Secretary Alistair DARLING†- outlines increased security measures.] [British Airline Pilots Assn. Jim McAUSLAN†- expresses concern about guns on aircraft.] The interception by police of a small plane in restricted airspace over New York City noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) Concerns about security at secondary airports in smaller cities in Europe & Latin America featured. [Former Israel Airport Authority security chief Rafi RON†- says many airports do not exercise a reasonable level of security.] [Terrorism expert Steve EMERSON†- says smaller airports are not up to the standards of larger ones.] Nevada’s plan to close the airspace over the Las Vegas strip on New Year’s Eve, and the CIA finding that over a dozen Al Qaeda operatives are trained pilots noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Williams, Pete;
Myers, Lisa

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