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 Bill Will Increase Security & Address Wait Times By Expanding TSA PreCheck, Adding More Canine Teams & Improving Secured Access Employee Screening

 

WASHINGTON, D. C.  – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) applauded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016, passing the Senate today in a broad, bipartisan 89-4 vote. In the wake of recent airport terrorist attacks abroad, the FAA Reauthorization provides critical security reforms, safety-related provisions and consumer protections. A Kirk priority, the bill optimizes Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) screening checkpoints by requiring the use of canine explosive detection teams and requires TSA to ensure that all trained screening personnel, including Behavior Detection Officers, are utilized for passenger screening and document verification. The re-authorization extends authority through September 2017 at current levels. 

“Americans should not have to wait in two hour lines to travel by air in this country as was the case at O’Hare and Midway earlier this year,” said Senator Kirk. “This legislation will help to solve these wait times while providing for increased security through canine teams, enhanced screening and vetting of all those working and entering airports.”

 

The FAA Reauthorization Act will also expand the TSA PreCheck Program which is designed to increase security and reduce screening wait times by identifying trusted travelers. TSA is now directed to work with private stakeholders to create new enrollment technologies including online enrollment, kiosks, tablets, and laptop stations at airports. Language is also included to require enhanced screening for individuals who have unescorted access to sensitive areas of airports. The enhanced screening includes vetting applicants against the terrorist database. 

 

Increasing Consumer Protections For Passengers: 

 

The bill will require air carriers to provide a refund of paid baggage fees when items are lost or unreasonably delayed as well as ensure that children 13 years of age or under are seated adjacent to an adult or older child traveling with them. Training will also be required for flight attendants in recognizing and responding to potential victims of human trafficking.

Improving Unmanned Aerial Systems Safety:

 

The FAA Reauthorization will also create new opportunities for testing and promoting innovative uses of drone technology to boost our economy while protecting critical infrastructure and the flying public. Responsible regulation of Unmanned Aerial Systems, or drones, has the potential to spur new economic drivers in key sectors, such as agriculture, manufacturing, disaster relief and the monitoring of critical infrastructure. The bill will: 

  • Streamline processes for approval and interagency cooperation to deploy unmanned aircraft during emergencies, such as disaster response and wildfires. 
  • Create new processes to detect, identify, and mitigate unauthorized operation of unmanned aircraft around airports and critical infrastructure

BACKGROUND: 

 

Following reports of hours-long wait times at Chicago-area airports in May, Senator Kirk led efforts to include additional funding to boost TSA staff and security screenings through the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Fiscal Year 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. That bill provides $7.7 billion for TSA, $79 million over the Administrator’s request. The bill also included an amendment authored by Senators Kirk and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that requires the TSA to consider passenger volume and airport risk assessments when distributing the 50 new canine teams in order to prioritize the nation’s busiest, like O’Hare.  

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