THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES INCREASED COMMITMENT TO SAFER FLIGHTS AND SAFER FAMILIES Administration to Propose $100 Million for Explosive Detection System
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Vice President Gore today (1/30) highlighted the Administration's continued commitment to ensuring safer flights and safer families by announcing that, in next week's budget, President Clinton will propose $100 million in new funds for explosive detection systems.
These funds would put the most advanced and sophisticated explosive detection systems in every one of our nation's airports -- dramatically increasing our capacity to detect explosives before they can get aboard an aircraft, the Vice President said. This action will save American lives, protect American families, and send a clear message to those who would threaten innocent citizens and passengers.
Vice President Gore chaired the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. In February of 1997, the Commission submitted a list of recommendations to make air travel as safe as possible. One of the central recommendations was to significantly increase our investment in state-of-the-art bomb-screening devices that can mean the difference between a terrorist threat, and a smooth safe flight.
Our challenge is to design and deploy the most effective means of protecting Americans from 21st Century threats to their safety. This is a commitment President Clinton and I are proud to make -- in our safe skies, on the ground, and all across our nation, The Vice President said.