Austin plane crash exposes gap in US air security

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - After 9/11, cockpit doors were sealed, air marshals were added and airport searches became more aggressive aboard commercial flights. It was all to make sure an airliner
could never again be used as a weapon.
Yet little has been done to guard against attacks with smaller
planes. That point was driven home with chilling force on Thursday
when a Texas man with a grudge against the IRS crashed his
single-engine plane into an Austin office building in a fiery
suicide attack. One person inside the building was also killed.
Aviation security consultant R. William Johnstone served on the
staff of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11th attacks.
He calls the lack of security on small planes "a big gap" in the
safety net.


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