Gardner Introduces, Questions Denver International Airport CEO at Hearing

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced the Chief Executive Officer of Denver International Airport (DIA), Kim Day, at a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee hearing titled, “Stakeholder Perspectives on Improving TSA for the Security of the Traveling Public.” 


Following introductory remarks, Gardner asked Ms. Day to elaborate on DIA’s relationship with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) partnership with the airport and how DIA can serve as a model for other airports.


I’m pleased Kim Day, Denver International Airport’s CEO, testified before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee focused on improving TSA today,” said Gardner. “Kim Day runs a world-class airport that serves thousands of Coloradans every day, and I have been more than happy to support the airport at the federal level and will continue to do everything I can to help Denver International Airport provide a safe, efficient travel experience for the millions of people who pass through the airport every year.”


“It was an honor to testify in front of the committee today and I want to thank Senator Gardner, who is a great champion for Colorado and the Denver airport, for the invitation,” said Kim Day, CEO of the Denver International Airport. “As our airport undergoes a transformation and works to reconfigure our main terminal to address security and passenger efficiency, we look forward to partnering with Senator Gardner and the federal government to accomplish this goal.”


You can watch excerpts from hearing here. 


Last July, Gardner’s SCREEN FAST Act was signed into law by President Obama as part of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016. The legislation addressed both short-term and long-term concerns with TSA security lines at airports across the natiom, including Denver International Airport. The bill created two pilot programs focused on increasing efficiency and security at airports and establishing prototypes for new and innovative screening techniques. It also directed the TSA to report to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation and House Homeland Security Committees on the pilot programs. 


During the hearing, Senator Gardner mentioned that he would be sending a letter to the TSA urging them to move expeditiously in implementing the security reforms from his SCREEN FAST legislation. You can read that letter here.



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 Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy.

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