Obama signs bill to accelerate TSA screenings for military personnel

President Obama signed into law Tuesday a bill to accelerate airport screening of military personnel for flights.

The measure, which was introduced by Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), requires the the Transportation Security Administration to develop a separate process for checking military personnel when they travel. The measure (H.R. 1801) was one of nine bills signed by Obama Tuesday, the White House announced.

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When the measure was approved by the House last month, on a 404-0 vote, Cravaack said speeding up their airport screenings was the least lawmakers could do for active soldiers.

“With all the contention and political gridlock we’ve witnessed over the past several months, what’s most important is that we come together to agree where we can,” Cravaack said in a statement after the vote.

“In respect to our men and women in uniform and in the best interest of our national security, this bipartisan initiative is the least we could do for our military personnel and their families traveling our nation’s airports while serving our country," he continued.

Obama did not comment specifically on any of the bills he signed Tuesday.

The TSA, which has said it does not comment on legislation involving its procedures, has regularly come under fire for using such techniques as pat-downs and body scanners at airport security screenings. The agency has said it is currently moving toward a “risk-based” system that would consider a passenger’s background information in his or her screening.

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