Congress says preclearance screening in foreign airports should end TSA rescreening


The Transportation Security Administration would no longer have to rescreen personal checked baggage for explosives from trusted foreign airports when it comes into the United States for a connecting flight under a bill that secured congressional approval following a Dec. 12 voice vote in the House of Representatives.

The bill (S.3542), dubbed the No-Hassle Flying Act, would permit the TSA to waive routine explosives scanning for luggage originating from foreign airports where U.S. personnel are on hand to conduct passenger and baggage screening in accordance with Homeland Security Department standards.

Customs and Border Protection has such a program already in place with five foreign countries for 15 locations, most of them in Canada. The bill would require TSA to make its own determination of whether the CBP program, known as aviation security preclearance agreements, satisfies TSA criteria.

The Senate approved the bill, sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), by unanimous consent Nov. 29.

For more:
- go to the THOMAS page for S. 3542

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