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Title: Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to adopt a conference report that reforms the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by changing its official purpose, increasing safety procedures, and appropriating funds for the operating costs of the FAA and airport improvements.
- Changes the FAA's mandate by removing functions related to the promotion of the airline industry, thus making it responsible only for promoting aviation safety.
- Amends the Railway Labor Act to classify certain express companies, such as Federal Express, as aviation workers, thus banning them from organizing local unions.
- Prohibits pilots from allowing unlicensed individuals to operate flight controls or engage in any aeronautical feat, competition, or record setting attempt.
- Instructs air carriers to continue to develop computer-assisted passenger profiling programs to be used with other security measures.
- Directs the Administrator of the FAA to certify companies providing security screening, and to improve the training and testing of security screeners by developing uniform performance standards.
- Authorizes criminal history record checks of individuals who will be responsible for screening passengers or property.
- Requires the Administrator of the FAA to report to Congress on the safety and effectiveness of bag match pilot programs, which are designed to ensure that baggage is placed onboard an aircraft only if the passenger who checked it is also onboard.
- Establishes a task force to develop guidelines and recommendations for air carriers to aid families, the Red Cross, and other entities immediately following aircraft accidents.
- Directs the National Transportation Safety Board to develop a system for classifying air carrier accident data.
- $5.2 billion for FAA operations for fiscal years 1997.
- $2.28 billion to the Airport Improvement Program for fiscal year 1997.
- $208.41 million for various technology, security, and energy projects.