As highlighted by a string of recent congressional hearings, growing frustration exists- particularly among Republicans - with the operations of TSA. The most recent manifestation of that frustration comes in the form of two bills introduced late last week by Tea Party favorite Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to privatize screening operations at airports and to establish a "Bill of Rights" for air travelers. AAAE Airport Legislative Alliance (ALA) members may access a summary and links to the text of the legislation introduced by Sen. Paul online at http://www.aaae.org/federal_affairs/airport_legislative_alliance/airport_alerts/.
While the hyper-partisan, election-year climate in Washington makes it highly unlikely action will occur on the Paul bills or on broader TSA authorization legislation pending before the House Homeland Security Committee, AAAE ALA staff highlights these items to provide a sense of the proposals that are emerging from lawmakers frustrated with TSA operations. Congress also is focused on more narrow changes to TSA policies through targeted legislation and through the annual appropriations process for DHS and TSA funding.