Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today applauded the Senate introduction of her bipartisan Helping Heroes Fly Act by Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). This widely supported measure will improve airport security screening processes for wounded and severely disabled service members and veterans. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduced the legislation in the House in March and led its unanimous passage fewer than two months later.
"The Helping Heroes Fly Act honors the sacrifices of those who have served our country so bravely," said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. "I am encouraged by the bipartisan leadership in the Senate from Senators Mark Pryor and Kelly Ayotte. Together, we will work towards a swift passage in the Senate, ensuring this bill becomes law, and putting an end to lengthy, invasive, and even humiliating screening procedures at our airports."
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduced the legislation after hearing from advocates of members of the Armed Forces and veterans themselves about inconsistencies in the screening of wounded warriors by the Transportation Security Administration. Some gave troubling accounts of having to remove clothing and prosthetics in view of other passengers or having to awkwardly go through screening machines without the benefit of a prosthetic leg or limb.
The Helping Heroes Fly Act has been endorsed by the American Legion, Disabled Veterans of American, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the American Federation of Government Employees.