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house Bill H.R. 876

Tightening the Screening Process for Airport Employees Accessing Secure Areas

Argument in favor

These are common sense reforms to make our airports safer and more secure. The oversight reforms also ensure that Congress can help the TSA every step of the way.

Laura 's Opinion
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04/25/2017
The best way to increase security is to make employment conditions better. I've worked in the aviation industry and many employees are temporary, contract, or other types of insecure employment types and with very few exceptions paid very little. Stop selling out to the lowest bidder, treat employees well and give them incentives to stick around, they'll be far less likely to try to make a little extra income under the table!
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Robert's Opinion
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04/26/2017
Tentatively. I'd need more details. I assume the bill is loaded with amendments that have almost nothing to do with airport security. This is the GOP.
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Cole's Opinion
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04/25/2017
A lot of people look down on the TSA, but the security and consistency they provide is of utmost importance. It would be irresponsible not to do everything in our power to protect the millions of Americans who pass through airports each year. Don't you want to feel safe the next time you decide to take a flight? P.S. There are no budget increases proposed or freedoms being infringed upon so there is no reason for people to oppose this bill.
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The TSA and airport authorities should take it upon themselves to put these reforms into place — they shouldn't need Congress to force them.

TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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04/25/2017
More security theater. The TSA is nothing if not founded in 4th amendment violations and infested with utter incompetence. And what do the taxpayers get for all that? Absolutely ZERO evidence - none, no proof whatsoever - that anything the TSA has ever done has thwarted or caught a single terrorist plot. Plenty of evidence that people can still get weaponry through security (remember when they tested themselves a couple years back by intentionally bringing things through and they missed 90% of them?). Plenty of evidence of people being unnecessarily and inappropriately groped. But no evidence of anything that could be reasonably called, you know, SECURITY. I mean take for example what comedian Steve Hofstetter pointed out: "If you bring too much liquid, the TSA confiscates it and throws it away, in case it's a bomb. So they throw it away. In case it's a bomb. In the garbage can right next to them. With all the other possible bombs. In the area with the most amount of people. In case it's a bomb." The TSA is not providing security. They are a performance meant to look like security and failing miserably at it. Just end the TSA already and let airports and airlines provide their own private security measures.
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Marymack07's Opinion
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04/25/2017
TSA has already shown itself to be incompetent. I cannot trust them to self-police and don't wish any money to be spent on this when it will obviously not work.
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Tim's Opinion
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04/26/2017
The TSA needs to improve its hiring screening and create appropriate policies for any organization tasked with such responsibility. Congress shouldn't have to spend more money forcing them to comply with their contractual safety obligations.
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    The best way to increase security is to make employment conditions better. I've worked in the aviation industry and many employees are temporary, contract, or other types of insecure employment types and with very few exceptions paid very little. Stop selling out to the lowest bidder, treat employees well and give them incentives to stick around, they'll be far less likely to try to make a little extra income under the table!
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    More security theater. The TSA is nothing if not founded in 4th amendment violations and infested with utter incompetence. And what do the taxpayers get for all that? Absolutely ZERO evidence - none, no proof whatsoever - that anything the TSA has ever done has thwarted or caught a single terrorist plot. Plenty of evidence that people can still get weaponry through security (remember when they tested themselves a couple years back by intentionally bringing things through and they missed 90% of them?). Plenty of evidence of people being unnecessarily and inappropriately groped. But no evidence of anything that could be reasonably called, you know, SECURITY. I mean take for example what comedian Steve Hofstetter pointed out: "If you bring too much liquid, the TSA confiscates it and throws it away, in case it's a bomb. So they throw it away. In case it's a bomb. In the garbage can right next to them. With all the other possible bombs. In the area with the most amount of people. In case it's a bomb." The TSA is not providing security. They are a performance meant to look like security and failing miserably at it. Just end the TSA already and let airports and airlines provide their own private security measures.
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    Tentatively. I'd need more details. I assume the bill is loaded with amendments that have almost nothing to do with airport security. This is the GOP.
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    TSA has already shown itself to be incompetent. I cannot trust them to self-police and don't wish any money to be spent on this when it will obviously not work.
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    More details, please.
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    A lot of people look down on the TSA, but the security and consistency they provide is of utmost importance. It would be irresponsible not to do everything in our power to protect the millions of Americans who pass through airports each year. Don't you want to feel safe the next time you decide to take a flight? P.S. There are no budget increases proposed or freedoms being infringed upon so there is no reason for people to oppose this bill.
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    Shouldn't the investigators, TSA, have a higher security clearance than those they are investigating? You know, we the people.
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    The TSA needs to improve its hiring screening and create appropriate policies for any organization tasked with such responsibility. Congress shouldn't have to spend more money forcing them to comply with their contractual safety obligations.
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    This bill by U.S. Rep John Katko is on the subcommittee on HLS transportation security. His concern and rightly so with headlines "The Delta gun smuggling operation", "73 aviation workers were found to have political ties to terrorism" " Drug smuggling ring operating out of the Dallas Fort Worth airport." The common sense bill is on reform on screening procedures from high risk hiring of undesirables and gives additional law enforcement resources to screen employees. It allows congress to track airport and airline employees screening improvements. With a simple adjustment to doing extended history background checks that would otherwise have access to security areas. I would have thought this would have been installed right after 9/11.
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    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. http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify http://www.dallas-lovefield.com/pdf/AirportIdentification-MediaApplication.pdf 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; [Cards & PINs can be stolen! Biometrics are more secure.] • 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetometer Of Note: In December 2014, federal agents uncovered a Delta Airlines baggage handler at the center of a gun smuggling ring -- helping 153 firearms through 17 Delta flights between Atlanta and New York. In June 2015, THE TSA's BACKGROUND CHECKS CLEARED 73 PEOPLE FOR ACCESS TO SECURE AREAS, EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE LISTED IN A FEDERAL DATABASE AS POSSIBLE TERRORISTS. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/30/business/gun-smuggling-on-plane-reveals-security-oversight.html [The TSA has been an abysmal failure in providing airport security. Why is that, do you suppose?! Can't the government do ANYTHING right?! Our Congress can't even pass a balanced budget! And look at the VA and the IRS, heck, and DHS as a whole! All I can say is God bless the whistleblowers! It really irks me that the feds are going after Julian Assange, and they'd like to go after Edward Snowden!]
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    Yes security should be under constant review and training. If you really want to get it right adopt the Israeli program and have them train our trainers in their methods!
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    Most studies have shown this type of system to be expensive and ineffective giving only the illusion of security. Perhaps using research and science if they are still funded could come up with a beneficial and reliable system which is cost effective
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    If you read this bill at Congress.gov, it calls for a feasibility study related to better employee screening at airports. It is intended to increase security effectiveness for airport employees. It is relatively benign. I would support it.
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    More security theater.
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    There's already been substantial proof that the screening processes used are ill equipped and pointless.
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    TSA will never self police.
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    Never support legislation whose only description includes the words "and other purposes"
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    Employees are citizens too. Nothing separates them from me and you.
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    Just abolish the TSA.
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    Abolish the TSA!
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