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Congress ends second bag checks on some flights

By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Published: December 13, 2012
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The bill, which the Senate approved two weeks ago, passed the House on a voice vote. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., were the Senate sponsors. Illinois Republican Joe Walsh was the House sponsor.

“Requiring luggage to undergo the exact same screening process twice in one trip puts a burden on both our international aviation security system and travelers,” Klobuchar said.

The bill coincides with the administration's Beyond the Border initiative, in which the TSA is working to lift rescreening requirements as Canada installs comparable screening equipment.

TSA Administrator John Pistole last May proposed similar legislation to Congress, saying giving his agency more leeway on rescreening “is key to TSA's ongoing transition to a more risk-based and intelligence-driven counterterrorism posture.”


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