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Controls Over Airport Identification Media

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Our report examined whether FAA requirements ensure that only individuals who can be trusted with the public's safety are granted access to secure airport areas. We found that FAA's background investigation requirements for issuing airport identification media (airport ID) are ineffective because they do not accomplish their intended purpose of providing adequate assurance that individuals who are granted unescorted access to secure airport areas can be trusted with the public's safety. In addition, background investigation requirements were frequently not followed by airport operators, air carriers, air carriers and airport users.