Tightening of US aviation security legislation welcomed

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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

The Airports Council International North America (ACI-NA) says it welcomes action on the Airport Security Enhancement and Oversight Act legislation.

Potential changes would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airport operators, and carriers to tighten internal security at gateways across the US.

ACI-NA president and chief executive officer, Kevin M. Burke says: “Ensuring a safe and secure travel experience is the highest priority for airports.

“With new security threats emerging around the globe, ACI-NA appreciates the collaborative approach policy makers have taken to put forward a bill that enhances security while protecting the proven intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to airport security.”

ACI-NA says it worked closely with the bill sponsors to protect the intelligence-driven, risk-based security approach currently employed by TSA and airports across the country.

ACI-NA adds it also worked to ensure the inclusion of numerous airport priorities in the bill, including the important role of TSA in conducting any additional employee screening, airports having access to additional vetting databases like FBI’s Rap Back service and DHS’ E-Verify and SAVE programs, and TSA annually reviewing its security directives for relevance.

The bipartisan legislation is sponsored by Senate commerce committee chairman John Thune. This legislation now moves to the full Senate for consideration.