House to vote on reducing TSA screenings for military personnel

The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would require the Transportation Security Administration to set up a separate system for screening military personnel for flights. 

The legislation is designed to ensure members of the armed forces can board planes more quickly. 

The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), would call for the TSA to develop a separate process for checking military personnel when they travel. The agency, which is regularly under fire for using such techniques as pat-downs and body scanners, is currently moving toward a risk-based” system that would consider a passengers background information in his or her screening.

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Cravaack said Tuesday that the background of military members required the least amount of checking. 

“I’m pleased this bill is coming to the floor — it is past due for so many of our nation’s heroes serving our great country,” Cravaack said in a news release. “Our soldiers who are putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere should be afforded extra respect when returning home to their loved ones and shouldn’t be viewed as potential terrorists in our airports.”

The bill, H.R. 1801, is the Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act.