It's important to get the funds to support a security initiative - but even more important that these funds are well spent. In the article titled "$90M err-ports" from the New York Post Murray Weiss writes:
A nearly $90 million security system designed to thwart terrorists trying to get onto runways at the metro area's four major airports still isn't up and running four years after it was purchased by the Port Authority -- and it may never work, officials told The Post.
The safety network -- dubbed the Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, or PIDS -- was supposed to provide state-of-the-art electronic fencing complete with sensors and closed-circuit cameras that would immediately pinpoint someone trying to get on a runway to attack a plane at JFK, La Guardia, Newark and Teterboro airports.
This story came to my attention while watching the news the other day. The term "Perimeter Intrusion Detection System" sounded familiar and triggered further investigation on my part. The New York Port Authority signed a more than $100 million contract with Raytheon to build and install perimeter fencing, sensors and cameras around the four major airports in New York (John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia) and New Jersey (Newark Liberty International and Teterboro). The system is designed to prevent a potential terrorist from accessing a runway to attack a plane. The article states:
"provide state-of-the-art electronic fencing complete with sensors and closed-circuit cameras that would immediately pinpoint someone trying to get on a runway to attack a plane"