U.S. House Commitee Passes Legislation To Change TSA Screening Process For Military Members

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 11:58 am

This week the House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security unanimously agreed to H.R. 1801, the Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of The Armed Forces Act, and reported the bill to the House for Floor consideration. The legislation was proposed by Congressman Chip Cravaack.

“This legislation would require TSA to develop a separate screening process for military personnel flying on civilian aircraft – it is past due for so many of our nations heroes serving our great country,” said Rep. Cravaack. “Our soldiers who are putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere should be afforded extra respect when returning home to their loved ones and shouldn’t be viewed as potential terrorists in our airports.”

Importantly, this bill would direct the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator to establish and implement within six months an expedited security screening process for members of the United States Armed Forces and their families who are traveling on official orders.

The new screening process for military personnel would constitute a risk-based approach to best use limited resources to ensure the maximum security for all transportation system users. Members of the United States Armed Forces and their families comprise a low-risk population that is ideally suited for an expedited security screening process.

Congressman Cravaack serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – where he is Vice Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee – the Homeland Security Committee, and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. The 8th Congressional District covers 18 counties in Northeast Minnesota.

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