This bill would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to create a "risk-based, intelligence-driven" screening process for airline and airport employees. The screening process would include new law enforcement resources for vetting new employees. It would also:
- Include ways to ensure that only authorized people have access to secure areas of domestic airports are permitted such access;
- Have ways to ensure that when a person's security authorization is revoked, they are immediately denied entry to secure areas;
- Outline a way to differentiate between individuals authorized to have access to an entire secure area and individuals authorized access to only a particular portion of a secure area.
The TSA would have to consult with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Aviation Security Advisory Committee to review the list of disqualifying criminal offenses that could keep an airport staff member from accessing secure areas.
Airport badging offices would be given access to the E-Verify system to check if people applying for access to secure areas are eligible to work in the U.S. (i.e. not in the country illegally). A new process would be created for sending applicants’ biometric fingerprint data to the Office of Biometric Identity Management’s (OBIM’s) system for vetting.
This measure also has an oversight plan for reporting to Congress to track airport and airline employee screening improvements. A nationwide program for reporting airport security violations anonymously would also be created.
This bill mandates the creation of a national database listing every employee who has had their airport or aircraft operator-issued badge revoked.
A study would also be conducted to research the feasibility of implementing at all entry and exit points in secure airport areas:
- A secure door utilizing card and pin entry or biometric technology;
- Surveillance video recording, capable of storing video data for at least 30 days;
- Advanced screening technologies, including at least one of the following: a magnetometer (walk-through or hand-held), explosives detection canines, explosives trace detection swabbing, advanced imaging technology, or x-ray bag screening technology.