This bill would require the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to conduct airport security assessments and make a plan to improve security at foreign airports that service direct flights into the U.S.
Within 180 days of this bill’s enactment, the Administrator of the TSA would have to develop a comprehensive security risk assessment for each "last point of departure" airports that considers:
The level of coordination between TSA and the government of the foreign country where the last point of departure airport is located, including the country’s intelligence and threat mitigation capabilities;
The number of known or suspected terrorists annually transiting through the airport;
Passenger security screening practices, capabilities, and capacity at the airport;
The security vetting undergone by aviation workers at the airport;
Access controls used to prevent unauthorized access to secure and sterile areas of the airport.
A security coordination enhancement plan would be required to be submitted by the TSA Administrator to Congress and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) within 240 days of this bill’s enactment. The plan would look to enhance coordination and information sharing for international flights destined for the U.S. between a variety of partners including air carriers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and federal agencies with the goal of improving security.
The TSA would be authorized to donate screening equipment to the operator of a foreign last point of departure airport that services flights to the U.S. if it can mitigate a specific security vulnerability. Before making any donation, the TSA would have to explain to Congress:
- why the recipient can’t or won’t purchase the equipment;
- how it will be maintained;
- the total value of the donation;
- and an evacuation plan for sensitive technology in the event of instability.