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  • TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
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Winning Issue » TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created after 9/11 to secure air travel. However, it often seems that the policies of the TSA and the conduct of its employees make more news than the crimes it is charged to prevent. Scanners that are too revealing, alleged sexual assaults, racial profiling, and insensitivity while searching the elderly, young, and people with disabilities are only some of the reasons TSA officers are criticized by angry passengers. The TSA has also wrongly prevented or delayed many passengers from boarding flights. Officials say these isolated incidents are comparatively few and that sometimes there are errors on the no-fly list that bar passengers from boarding. TSA supporters say it is performing a monumental job well, considering the number of passengers it needs to inspect each day. Other critics claim the TSA has squandered the $900 million training and deployment of an estimated 3,000 “behavior detection” officers (BDO). BDO teams wander the airports watching as passengers are searched at checkpoints and are charged with making judgments as to the passenger’s reactions to the treatment they receive. Critics claim this program is discriminatory in nature, extremely ineffective, and often targets those who are perceived to be Arab Americans. The Government Accountability Office states the “available evidence does not support whether behavioral indicators can be used to identify persons who may pose a risk to aviation security.” Instead, it recommended that this funding be “directed to programs that have demonstrated their effectiveness.”

Regarding in-flight safety concerns, there was considerable debate in 2013 when the TSA announced it might change its rule prohibiting small knives in carry-on luggage. Although it was eventually decided for this ban to remain in place, some wish to permanently prohibit these items from being carried aboard passenger aircraft.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.81 - FAMS Augmentation Act of 2015




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current TSA policy and wish to defeat H.R.81 - FAMS Augmentation Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support implementing a redress process for individuals who believe they were wrongly delayed or prohibited from boarding a commercial aircraft or denied a right, benefit or privilege because they were wrongly identified as a threat when screened against the terrorist watchlist, and wish to identify a legislator who will either reintroduce H.R.1583 - Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Redress Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support sponsoring a bill to terminate the TSA Behavior Detection Officer Training and Deployment program, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support prohibiting the Secretary of Homeland Security from implementing any change to the prohibited items list of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that would permit passengers to carry small, non-locking knives through passenger screening checkpoints at airports, into sterile areas at airports, or on board passenger aircraft, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.4368 or S.1008 – Keep Knives out of our Skies Act(113th Congress 2013-2014), or similar versions thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support directing the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration to increase the number of federal air marshals by at least an additional 1,750 above the number of such marshals as of January 31, 2011, to ensure increased transportation security for inbound international flights, and wish to pass H.R.81 - FAMS Augmentation Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. John Katko (NY) and/or Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support implementing a redress process for individuals who believe they were wrongly delayed or prohibited from boarding a commercial aircraft or denied a right, benefit or privilege because they were wrongly identified as a threat when screened against the terrorist watchlist, and wish to identify a legislator who will either reintroduce H.R.1583 - Fair, Accurate, Secure, and Timely Redress Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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