Are Congress' Plans for Airline Security Secure?

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The pistol carried past checkpoints and onto a plane in New Orleans is just one dramatic security lapse since September 11. Despite differences over federalizing baggage screeners, the House and Senate agree on the urgency of improving airline safety. Both want more air marshals, secure cockpit doors, and even guns for properly trained pilots. But FAA whistle-blowers and critics of bureaucratic inertia contend that's not enough. We hear from several airline safety experts, including the former CEO of Israel's El Al Airlines.
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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber

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El Al Airlines

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Warren Olney