05.25.16

Gardner Introduces Bill to Ease TSA Security Lines

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced the Safe Convenient Reliable Efficient Effective Next-Generation Functional and Secure TSA (SCREEN FAST) Act, legislation that aims to ease the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lines that are plaguing airports in Colorado, particularly Denver International Airport (DIA), and across the country while also preserving necessary safety measures. 

Airport security checkpoint lines at DIA and across America are growing, in part because the TSA has reduced its number of security screeners while air travel has increased by 9 percent during the same time period. Travelers are experiencing significant delays, and have been warned that security lines will only grow longer as we enter the Summer months. 

The SCREEN FAST Act would address both short-term and long-term concerns with TSA security lines at airports across the nation and is funded using existing TSA resources and airport reimbursements. The bill creates two pilot programs focused on increasing efficiency and security at airports and establishing prototypes for new and innovative screening techniques. It also directs the TSA to report to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation and House Homeland Security Committees on the pilot programs. Lastly, the SCREEN FAST Act makes it easier for airports to work with TSA when it comes to acquiring new equipment for screening.

“I share frustration with Coloradans about growing security lines at airports across the country,” said Gardner. “My bill addresses TSA’s growing security lines and aims to find an innovative solution to streamline the security screening process so that it is more efficient, while also preserving the critical security function that must be incorporated into any legislative fix to TSA’s problem. I’m hopeful my colleagues will join me and support this commonsense legislation that would lead to a more effective TSA screening system and ultimately shorter airports security lines in Denver and throughout the country.” 

In April, Gardner introduced an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act that would require TSA to establish a pilot program to improve the physical layout of security screening operations at airport. While it was not included in the overall bill that the Senate approved, Gardner is hopeful that the conferees who are ironing out the differences between the House and Senate bills will incorporate his provision in the final product that we send to the President. Additionally, the Senate approved Gardner-supported language that allows streamlined access to TSA PreCheck, which would help to shorten security lines at DIA and other airports around the country.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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