Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following release after H.R. 3038, The Airport Security Options Act, which he authored, was included in the Federal Aviation Authorization (FAA) conference report.
"The inclusion of my language from The Airport Security Options Act in the FAA conference report is a major victory for airport security. Thawing the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) freeze on airport applications for opting out of TSA will allow airports to choose the security that best suits their needs. The competition between TSA security and private security firms will accelerate the implementation of best practices in the field of airport security and greatly improve safety for consumers.
"We know nefarious actors are seeking new ways to undermine airport security. That is why we should encourage -- not stifle -- new ideas that can make traveling safer and more convenient for our nation's passengers. This bill is fundamentally about restoring choice and competition to the airport security industry. I'm glad that my colleague, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, included my language in the final conference report and look forward to working with him on improving the experience of travelers as the Congressman who represents a major transportation hub, DFW International Airport."