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Letter to TSA on Screening Opt-Out Program Reforms

March 13, 2012

House Committee leaders put the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on notice that they expect the agency to implement reforms included in a new aviation law ensuring that airports can opt out of all-federal security screening.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL), Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), and National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) wrote to TSA Administrator John Pistole regarding the opt-out provision in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 658).  Mica introduced this legislation in the House, and the President signed it into law in February.

The new law protects and strengthens the rights of airports to select the security screening model in which certified private operators provide screening under federal standards and oversight. This opt-out program is known as the Screening Partnership Program.



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