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Houston Airports Central to Congressional Hearing

Congressional Hearing Update: Eric Potts Testifies in Washington, D.C. on behalf of U.S. Airports

Houston Airports held center stage Wednesday, March 17, 2010, during a congressional hearing on airport security.

Eric Potts, interim director of aviation for the City of Houston, testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection during a public hearing called “An Assessment of Checkpoint Security: Are our Airports Keeping Passengers Safe?”

“The testimony I presented reflected a prospective derived from close consultation with Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA),” says Potts. “It is critical that airports across the United States have a say in the pending changes to airport security.”

The testimony presented by Potts was a coordinated effort that reflects real-world views of the security challenges that airports around the nation have faced during the past decade.

Potts recognized some of the improvements that have been made thanks to close collaboration with federal agencies, local and state governments and the very passengers who use the nation’s airports and depend on vigilant leadership to ensure their safety and security.”

Below is a list of points Potts outlined during his testimony:

• Improved, timely intelligence sharing and acquisition of appropriate secure communications equipment
• Development by Department of Homeland Security of a standardized computer‐based risk assessment methodology targeted at threats facing airports
• Field‐based devices for use by local airport security personnel that enable real‐time, proactive use of current threat data
• Funding to cover the associated costs of these measures and of deployment of TSA’s Advanced Imaging Technology units

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