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Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. FARENTHOLD. I rise also in support of H.R. 1801.

As we come off a holiday weekend, the busiest travel time in this country, many Americans have gone through the screening at our numerous airports. The TSA works hard screening everybody and keeping our flights safe, but we must always be looking for ways to make that system more efficient and safer. Members of our military whom we know have served and put their lives on the line for this country should be among those who are first in a program where we trust our travelers.

We must continue to look for efficiencies to speed air travel. We must continue to look for fewer invasive ways to screen passengers. We must look for ways to make traveling a more pleasant experience and a more profitable experience for the businessmen and -women who travel.

I urge support of this bill, which is where we should start--with members of our armed services; but there are other places we need to look, too--to trusted-traveler programs and flight crews receiving expedited screening. The TSA must continue to work to improve this process to make it safer and more efficient. This bill gives the TSA the encouragement that they need, and is a great step along the way to more efficient, private and better screening for our airport security.

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