House passes John Katko’s bill to counter insider threat at nation’s airports

By Mark Weiner mweiner@syracuse.com
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on April 25, 2017 at 7:08 PM, updated April 25, 2017 at 7:11 PM

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed Rep. John Katko’s bill aimed at closing security loopholes¬†that have been exploited by some employees at U.S. airports.

The legislation authored by Katko, R-Camillus, requires the Transportation Security Administration to submit a cost and feasibility study within 180 days for a plan to require physical screenings of all airport workers with access to secure areas.

The TSA says those screenings are now conducted randomly at most airports because of the high cost for screening all airport workers.

A 2009 study estimated the TSA would have to spend $5.7 billion to $14.9 billion in the first year for the equipment and personnel needed to screen aviation workers.

The Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act now moves to the Republican-controlled Senate, where similar legislation authored by Katko did not receive a vote in the last Congress.

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