Issues: Airport Security
Safe and secure air travel is the expectation of every passenger traveling through any of the more than 5,000 commercial airports in the United States and it is critical that airports are able to update security strategies in response to evolving threats. Addressing risks to perimeter security and secure access control for airport workers are of particular concern.
SIA supports modernizing the federal cap on the locally set Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) by adjusting it to offset the impacts of inflation. Funding for infrastructure improvements enhancing safety and security has come increasingly from airport user fees, which are locally raised and spent but require federal authorization. There have been no adjustments to the federal cap on PFC fees since 2000.
SIA Position Statements:
SIA Supports Senate Initiative on Airport Security Infrastructure Financing
As part of the Beyond the Runway Coalition, SIA expressed support to House and Senate appropriators for inclusion of Senate provisions calling for an adjustment to passenger facility charges and an increase in Airport Improvement Program funding in the fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill now under negotiation. These provisions would help airports leverage public and private financing to address significant unmet airport infrastructure needs, particularly additional safety and security measures.
SIA Concerned Proposal Would Weaken TSA PreCheck
SIA expressed concerns to leaders of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee over inclusion of a provision in the TSA Modernization Act, S 1872, now under consideration in the Senate. The current provision would allow non-biometric vetting for millions of new enrollees in the TSA PreCheck program without an FBI fingerprint background check.