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The act also created new requirements, such as the installation of explosive detection systems at all commercialservice airports. Now TSA must not only approve individual airport security programs, it must also assist in their development and implementation through a federal airport security manager stationed at all major commercialservice airports. 50 tax per passenger enplanement (not to exceed $10 per round-trip) to defray the cost of TSA security operations and investments in explosive detection systems and other screening devices and technologies.

AIRPORT-RELATED RESEARCH Because airports face so many operational, economic, social, and environmental issues, their owners, users, and regulators require much data, analysis, and technical knowledge. Research is therefore crucial to supporting sound airport planning and investing, ensuring safe and environmentally acceptable airport operations, and solving day-to-day airport problems. The federal government has a central role in financing and conducting research, and the operators of individual airports themselves sponsor specific studies and provide test beds for evaluating and demonstrating research results in the field.

To increase aviation capacity and efficiency, researchers are examining decision-support tools for air traffic controllers and airlines to find shorter, time-saving routes. To increase personal mobility, NASA is examining new designs and technologies to make smaller aircraft more affordable and practical to use for transportation. Precisely where this research will lead and how the results will be implemented in the field are difficult to assess. Nevertheless, any developments in these areas are likely to have a mix of direct and indirect effects on airports and how they are used.

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