Yesterday, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Blunt (R-MO) to eliminate redundant baggage screening for travelers arriving from airports that participate in the United States’ pre-clearance program. Currently, baggage undergoing high-level screening procedures at international preclearance airports is still required to be rescreened upon entry into the United States, creating unnecessary hassle and delays for travelers. The No Hassle Flying Act of 2012 would waive this redundant screening for baggage that has already been processed through preclearance airports with U.S.-equivalent screening equipment and procedures. This will save time for travelers and avoid frustrating delays without compromising security.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection performs preclearance screening of passengers at 14 airports in Canada, Ireland, and the Caribbean. This screening is the same inspection a passenger would undergo at any U.S. port of entry. The legislation would allow the TSA to waive the rescreening requirement at these airports once they have implemented U.S.-equivalent screening processes.
Initiatives like the No Hassle Flying Act can improve the customer experience at the airport while also enhancing security because security and screening resources are managed more efficiently. ALPA has been in a leader in collaborating with TSA to promote other screening improvements, like Known Crewmember and trusted traveler programs. To read more about ALPA’s approach to passenger screening and security, check out our white paper here.