NATIONAL ASSOCIATION 
OF AIRLINE PASSENGERS

Protecting you right to fly!

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

The Need for Legislative Reform

Congress created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in 2001 to be "...responsible for day-to-day Federal security screening operations for passenger air transportation and intrastate air transportation..."

For most passengers, this has meant long lines, baggage xrays, metal detectors, body scanners, and "enhanced" pat-downs. For others, it has meant:

Unfortunately, the "Aviation and Transportation Security Act 

  • does not prohibit or punish TSA employee misconduct,
  • provides no protection or compensation to passengers abused by TSA employees,
  • provides for no independent passenger review of TSA operations, 
  • does not forbid TSA employees from colluding with terrorists.

This is especially troubling when we learn that TSA employees reportedly "lose" uniforms, badges, and security keys on a routine basis. 

In addition, TSA management has adopted policies and procedures that many people believe disregard existing Federal and State laws, as well as common decency and good sense, while actually reducing security.

TSA management has refused to reform its policies or procedures in spite of public outcry, and it has refused to discipline, and has even praised, employees who have engaged in misconduct.

As a result, passengers today are much less safe than they were before the events September 11, 2001. Their property may be stolen, they may be physically or sexually assaulted by security personnel, bathed in dangerous radiation, and even subjected to arrest, detention, fine, or other retaliation in the event they complain.

Since the TSA refuses to reform itself, this Association believes that Congress and the States have a duty to protect passengers through legislative reform of the TSA, as follows:

 

Federal Legislation

 

The TSA act needs to be amended to:

  • Protect passengers from TSA staff misconduct.
  • Punish malfeasance by airport security personnel.
  • Prohibit enhanced pat downs.
  • Restrict the use full body scanners.
  • Prohibit retaliation by TSA staff.
  • Require TSA to report annually to Congress all instances of reported misconduct by its staff.
  • Require all TSA screeners to be licensed by the state in which they work.
  • Establish an independent civilian review board composed of ordinary citizens and frequent fliers to reveiw exisiting and proposed TSA policies and procedures. 

 

 

 

 

 

State Legislation

 

Each State should enact legislation to license  and regulate the occupation of Passenger and Baggage Screener, as follows:

  • All screeners must be licensed by the state in which they perform their duties.
  • No unlicensed individual shall be allowed to screen either baggage or passengers under penalty of law.
  • All licensed screeners must pass annual background checks and post fidelity bonds.
  • All screeners must operate in accordance with state screening code, and pass a state approved screening examination.
  • Annual review of each screeners license by a Civilian Review Board, which shall have the power to hear and investigate passenger complaints, and to revoke or suspend an individual's license for misconduct of any kind.
  • All costs for licensing to paid for by screeners licensing fees.
  • All screening locations to be licensed by the state.

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