Caution: Sharing Risk May be Hazardous to Your Health

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The debate over whether airport security employees should be made federal employees is only half the story. It has been asked why a private airline would be so apparently negligent in security. In addition to the obvious factor that until Sept. 11, the terrorist risk at U.S. airports was not deemed significant, there’s something else. Responsibility for security was shared by the airlines, the airport, and the FAA. When everyone is responsible, no one is responsible. Better one party is clearly in charge and clearly responsible.

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