Defining the Future of Flight: 1997 -- present

After September 11

After the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Boeing products protected the United States during Operation Noble Eagle and went into battle over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Boeing contributions to assist the disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Sept. 11 exceeded $8.4 million. Donations came from more than 199,000 Boeing employees and were augmented by company matching funds. The company also donated the use of satellite transponders to the Federal Emergency Management Administration in New York.

Boeing and industry representatives worked around the clock to develop ways to prevent cockpit intrusion, to design video-monitoring equipment to allow pilots to observe the passenger cabin, and to enhance the security of the entire flight process.

On Nov. 9, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush recognized The Boeing Company for its support of its National Guard and reservist employees and highlighted the company as one of four recipients of the 2001 Employer Support Freedom Award.

During the following year, Boeing installed baggage screening equipment in record time to meet a government deadline. On Nov. 18, 2002, the Boeing-Siemens airport security team announced that, in coordination with both airport and Transportation Security Administration officials, it completed installing explosive detection equipment for checked baggage at 200 airports across the nation.

"The delivery of the Explosives Detection Systems and Explosives Trace Detection machines and final site acceptance testing at 200 airports is a significant milestone," said Rick Stephens, vice president of Boeing's Homeland Security and Services group, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "Our top priority is to restore confidence among the traveling public in the commercial aviation system."

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