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house Bill H.R. 3144

Does the TSA Need Help Making Changes to its Prohibited Items List?

Argument in favor

The TSA should consult with experts on aviation security before it makes changes to the prohibited items list. It’s the best way to ensure the safety of air travelers.

operaman's Opinion
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11/03/2015
Yes, the US citizens should expect critical thinking from the aviation community on what is safe for traveling by public transportation. If the TSA had their way, passenger would have to strip naked and undergo a cavity search. And this will include grandma and babies. #WakeUpAmerica! Our freedoms are circling the drain.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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11/03/2015
The TSA needs to consult with experts on this issue, we don't want anything to go wrong with decisions regarding the safety of airports/airplanes. The cost is less than $500,000 also, which makes this a good expense, as it's better to be safe than sorry in matters like this.
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11/05/2015
Please disassemble the TSA. Please distribute their "responsibilities" to ANYONE else. Yeah, this seems like a good step.
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Argument opposed

The American people can trust the TSA to make educated decisions about what items are safe to bring on planes without consulting an aviation security committee.

David's Opinion
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11/03/2015
If they don't already have this expertise, there needs to be a serious review of their ability to do their jobs.
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Jim2423's Opinion
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11/03/2015
I thought they were supposed to be "Experts". So why more laws or did you want another government agency created.
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Burnetta's Opinion
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11/03/2015
The American people can't trust no government agency to do their job the way they should Everything is one big cluster fuck. The only part of government that works is? Of course the. I R S. they always have their hand in your pocket. That is of course unless your last name is Kennedy and you're selling the Merchandise Mart than magic. You pay NO CAPITAL GAINS. MIRACLE OF MIRACLES. Just my opinion
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What is House Bill H.R. 3144?

This bill would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to consult with the Aviation Security Advisory Committee regarding proposed changes to the prohibited items list. The prohibited items list is a list of objects that could be dangerous if brought onto a plane as carry-on or checked luggage.

Existing law would be modified to ensure that once a member of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee has served two years, they could continue to serve until a successor is in place.

Within 120 days of this bill’s enactment, the TSA would have to provide a status report on the activities of the Transportation Security Oversight Board (TSOB). This report could include changes to the TSOB in light of the establishment of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee.

Impact

Air travelers, the TSA, the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, and the TSOB.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3144

The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost less than $500,000.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) cited the need for consultation between the TSA and other sources of expertise in the aviation industry in his introductory press release:

“My district is home to Newark Liberty International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the nation, so I know how important it is to have robust collaboration between the TSA and key aviation stakeholders. These partnerships enhance our understanding of security concerns and vulnerabilities and guide smart aviation policy decisions.”

In 2012, the Administrator of the TSA changed the prohibited items list to allow small knives and sporting goods equipment to be stowed in carry-on luggage and brought onto planes. TSA later reversed the decision.

The House Homeland Security Committee passed this legislation by voice vote, and the bill currently has the support of one Democratic and two Republican cosponsors.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user warrenski)

AKA

Partners for Aviation Security Act

Official Title

To require consultation with the Aviation Security Advisory Committee regarding modifications to the prohibited item list, require a report on the Transportation Security Oversight Board, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed November 16th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Transportation and Maritime Security
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedJuly 21st, 2015

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    Yes, the US citizens should expect critical thinking from the aviation community on what is safe for traveling by public transportation. If the TSA had their way, passenger would have to strip naked and undergo a cavity search. And this will include grandma and babies. #WakeUpAmerica! Our freedoms are circling the drain.
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    If they don't already have this expertise, there needs to be a serious review of their ability to do their jobs.
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    The TSA needs to consult with experts on this issue, we don't want anything to go wrong with decisions regarding the safety of airports/airplanes. The cost is less than $500,000 also, which makes this a good expense, as it's better to be safe than sorry in matters like this.
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    Please disassemble the TSA. Please distribute their "responsibilities" to ANYONE else. Yeah, this seems like a good step.
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    Anything that limits this most inept, corrupt and useless of government department is a good thing
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    I thought they were supposed to be "Experts". So why more laws or did you want another government agency created.
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    There are too many things on their Prohibited Items list, they obvious can't change it themselves so they need some help.
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    Get rid of the TSA
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    We can't trust the TSA to do anything. They are there solely to sexually harass airline customers.
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    How many millions of taxpayer dollars are we spending for rent-a-cops? If they need help with this we are really in deep do-do!!!
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    They are idiots and the entire system should be privatized
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    If the TSA needs help then they have failed. Don't we pay them to be the expert said?
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    The American people can't trust no government agency to do their job the way they should Everything is one big cluster fuck. The only part of government that works is? Of course the. I R S. they always have their hand in your pocket. That is of course unless your last name is Kennedy and you're selling the Merchandise Mart than magic. You pay NO CAPITAL GAINS. MIRACLE OF MIRACLES. Just my opinion
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    If someone can take over a plane with half of the items... They don't need those items to do it. We need to stop trying to prevent the last type of attack - especially when it is universally known to be almost impossible to occur again based on the knowledge we now have.
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    Adding another level to this problem is no solution.
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    Are you saying they are not competent enough to do this already?
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    Yes, the TSA should be giving stand up talks and be holding classes on what passengers need to know before taking any flight in the United States or in State
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    TSA needs all the help it can get
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    God yes! There are so many loop holes...
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    Privatize this place. You probably have more criminals working for this place than are trying to board.
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