This bill would require the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to provide security screenings at any airport that lost commercial air service on or after January 1, 2013. The airport operator would have to submit a request for the TSA to conduct those screenings in and provide a written commitment from a commercial airline that intends to resume service at the airport within one year.
The TSA would be required to ensure that the process of restoring security screenings is completed by the later of:
90 days after the airport operator submits their request;
The date on which the carrier intends to resume service.
Security screenings are a necessity for commercial flights departing U.S. airports, and the TSA has resisted reinstating those screenings to small airports that lost commercial service but have airlines interested in bringing flights back. This bill would require the TSA to provide those screenings if airport operators satisfy the legislation’s requirements.