Schumer Calls For Anti-Missile Technology on Commercial Planes
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal authorities to study whether U.S. passenger jets should be equipped with anti-missle devices that would protect them against missiles attacks like those in the Ukraine and Tel Aviv in Israel.
The New York Democrat is calling for a comprehensive interagency study by the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration.
He notes a federal study on the technology was done in 2004, but no action was taken.
According to Schumer, a Government Accountability Office suggests more than 500,000 portable surface-to-air missiles are in existence worldwide, with a substantial number acquired by terrorists.
Portable missiles packaged in tube, the launching mechanism and battery can fit in a car trunk.
The anti-missile technology would protect Americans from attacks like the one that killed nearly 300 air travelers who were shot down over Eastern Ukraine. The equipment which includes onboard lasers, warning systems, flares and infrared countermeasure systems; it would cost $1 to $2 million per plane.