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Following Rehberg's Visit to Missoula Airport, Transportation Security Administration Approves Second Security Checkpoint

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Location: Washington, DC

Following Rehberg's Visit to Missoula Airport, Transportation Security Administration Approves Second Security Checkpoint

Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today applauded a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) decision to approve the Missoula International Airport's request for a second security checkpoint lane. The second lane will help reduce passenger wait times during peak traveling periods. The second x-ray unit will cost approximately $80,000 and will be purchased and staffed by TSA.

"As Montana's Congressman, I fly virtually every week from Montana to Washington, D.C.," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "So I have a pretty good understanding of the need to minimize the travel disruptions facing Montanans, while at the same time ensuring their safety and security. I applaud TSA's decision and the effect it will have on Missoula airport's operation."

Yesterday, the Missoula airport received approval from TSA to install and operate a second x-ray machine at the airport's new $4 million security checkpoint facility. The new facility was intended to accommodate the airport's rapid growth and airport officials had been awaiting TSA's approval of their request for a second security lane. Following Rehberg's visit, his staff worked closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to make sure the airport's request was approved quickly.

According to Airport Director Cris Jensen, Missoula International Airport is the fastest growing airport in Montana with nearly four-percent growth in 2006 and an accelerated eight-percent growth in passengers for the first quarter of 2007.

Last month, Rehberg toured the new facility, met with airport officials, and reviewed their request shortly after the new facility opened.

"With the summer travel season ahead, this is very timely news for the airport and our passengers," said Jensen. "We appreciate Denny's support of this request. This means improved service for the flying public, which is in everyone's best interest."
"After my visit with Cris and other officials at the airport, I could clearly see the need for a second x-ray machine," Rehberg said. "The new facility was made to accommodate additional checkpoints, while ensuring all safety standards are met. I'm glad the TSA approved the addition."

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