IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2001

Morial, Hahn Statements on Aviation Security Legislation

STATEMENT OF NEW ORLEANS MAYOR MARC MORIAL, PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS, ON AVIATION SECURITY LEGISLATION

November 15, 2001

"The nation's mayors strongly support the full federalization of airport security screening personnel and called for this step in the days immediately following the September 11 attack. Ensuring high quality, effective security screening of passengers and bags at every airport in the country is essential to restoring consumer confidence and a return to air travel. That is why the agreement reached today on airport security legislation is an important victory for travelers and should provide a boost to the U.S. economy. We hope for quick passage of this agreement in the House and Senate.

We look forward to working with the Administration on implementation of this measure and moving forward on other recommendations we made at the Mayors' Safety and Security Summit last month in Washington. As mayors, we will continue to monitor and work to maintain security measures in our cities and airports to help ensure that passengers fly safely.

I also want to thank Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn for his role as Chairman of the Conference's Task Force on Airport Security."

STATEMENT OF LOS ANGELES MAYOR JAMES HAHN, CHAIR OF AIRPORT SECURITY TASK FORCE, U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS

"Mayors around the country can claim victory today. This agreement on the aviation security bill is a key element in restoring public confidence in our aviation system."

Contact:
Andy Solomon (202) 861-6766
Lina Garcia (202) 861-6719

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