Disastrous incidents in international aviation in 1985 prompted the U.S. Congress to pass legislation, The International Security and Development Cooperation Act, to deter crimes against civil aviation. It requires that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) assess international airports serving as last points of departure into the United States.
The implementation of this law, through the Foreign Airport Assessment Program, yields benefits for both the United States and the host governments assessed. It provides for an exchange between the U.S. government and foreign governments on how to strengthen security procedures: a mechanisms for international airports to obtain technical assistance, training, and equipment for the United States; and a way to regulate foreign air carriers.
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