The following was copied from an American Association of Airport Executives Legislative Alert.
The House of Representatives recently approved legislation – H.R. 1801 – that would require TSA to develop and implement a plan to provide for expedited security screenings for members of the Armed Forces and any accompanying family member when the service member – while in uniform – presents documentation indicating official orders.
The measure, which was sponsored by Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN), enjoys wide bipartisan support and was approved on a unanimous vote under an expedited process reserved for non-controversial bills. The measure was approved by the House Transportation Security Subcommittee on May 12 and the House Homeland Security Committee on September 21. It is unclear when or if the Senate will consider this or similar legislation.
The bill approved by the House this evening would require TSA to consider “leveraging existing security screening models used by airports and air carriers to reduce passenger wait times before entering a checkpoint; establishing standard guidelines for screening military uniform items including combat boots; and incorporating any new screening protocols into existing trusted passenger programs or into the development of any new credential or system that incorporates biometric technology and other applicable technologies to verify the identity of individuals traveling in air transportation.”
Congress is contemplating many other aviation security-related issues as part of TSA reauthorization legislation that was approved by a key subcommittee on September 14. That measure – H.R. 3011 – is now pending before the House Homeland Security Committee, where the schedule for further consideration is unclear at the moment.