Katko Bill to Improve Airport Security Advances in House Homeland Security Committee

July 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24), Chairman of the Transportation Security Subcommittee, presided over the passage of three measures out of the subcommittee to improve systemic screening problems at airports and conduct Congressional oversight of the TSA.  


Among the passed bills was H.R. 3102, the “Airport Access Control Security Act of 2015”, which Rep. Katko authored.  “I am pleased to have strong bipartisan support for H.R. 3102.  Keeping the traveling public safe is the mission of this subcommittee, and I look forward to continuing to push commonsense reforms to improve traveler safety,” said Rep. John Katko.  Following several incidents involving the illicit trafficking of drugs and guns by employees at airports, H.R. 3102 was introduced last week to improve security standards for airport employees.   The legislation followed months of committee oversight conducted by Transportation Security Subcommittee. 


Katko continued, “This bill represents a significant step forward.  In this threat environment we clearly have a responsibility to act.  Our committee identified several security threats and acted deliberately and effectively to address these issues.  Going forward, we need to continue our bipartisan dialogue with airports, employees, and other stakeholders.  We must continue to address these issues in order to avert other future security breaches and make our airports a safer and more secure place to work.”


H.R. 3102 directs TSA to establish a risk-based screening model at airports across the United States, which will help ensure that individuals with access to secure areas are authorized to have such access and are deterred from posing a threat to aviation.  Also passed out of Subcommittee was H.R. 3144, the Partners for Aviation Security Act, authored by Rep. Donald Payne of New Jersey and a committee print outlining additional steps for TSA to improve passenger screening, airport security, and expand risk-based screening initiatives.


The Subcommittee on Transportation Security, tasked with conducting oversight of the Transportation Security Administration, has passed a multitude of bills related to improving worker vetting, expanding TSA’s PreCheck program, ensuring TSA employees are properly conducting their duties, and ensuring Airports have individual plans to address active shooters and terrorist acts.


Next week, the House will consider two other transportation security bills introduced by Congressman Katko, H.R. 2750, the Improved Security Vetting for Aviation Workers Act of 2015 and H.R. 2843, the PreCheck Expansion Act.


Congressman John Katko chairs the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security.  He represents the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties, and a portion of Oswego County.  For more information, please visit Katko.house.gov or facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.