Bills Introduced to Require TSA Staffing at Small Airports

On February 11, Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate to require TSA to provide screening services at smaller airports that have obtained a commitment for commercial airline service.

The measure, known as the “TSA Fairness Act,” would require TSA to restore passenger screening services to any airport that lost service after January 1, 2013 and that has a guarantee from a commercial airline to resume service. Several small airports across the United States that recently lost air service but subsequently obtained a commitment from an airline for new service have been hampered by the TSA’s refusal to provide passenger screening services.

In introducing the bill, Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representatives Walden and DeFazio referenced one such airport – Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport in Oregon. In a press release, Senator Merkley was quoted as stating, “The Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport is a critical transportation link for the region, and it’s unacceptable for bureaucrats 3,000 miles away in D.C. to stand in the way of restoring commercial service. It’s time for the TSA to restore screening services in Klamath Falls and ensure that local residents, businesses and Kingsley Field have the air travel options that are so essential in today’s interconnected economy.”¬†Read the full¬†article.