But other than the fact sheet, Cravaack’s office didn’t have many recommendations on how TSA should alternatively screen military members or assess the risk level of individual travelers.
Bars said Atwater’s incident is an example of TSA’s existing layered security process and that any alternative screening processes would have to be comparable. The elimination of pat downs for military members and their families wouldn’t exempt travelers from full body scanners, for example.
The law gives TSA 180 days to come up with a plan.
In November TSA began a pilot program at the Monterrey Regional Airport using military ID cards to streamline security screenings for military personnel. The pilot tested the technology necessary to verify the status of U.S. service members. There was no change in physical screening. There is also the possibility that Armed Forces members will be incorporated into TSA's trusted traveler program.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the United States House Committee on Homeland Security, released a statement congratulating passage of the bill, despite saying the military was being infiltrated by terrorists just one month earlier.
The likelihood of an attack by a “trusted insider” or member of the military is an emerging threat as terrorists continue to infiltrate the United States Armed Forces, King said at a Dec. 7 Committee on Homeland Security hearing.
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