By Keith Laing - 07/30/12 09:55 PM EDT
Under current rules, flight students are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before they are checked against the national “No Fly” list.
Lawmakers grilled TSA officials about the possibility of another instance of a potential airplane hijacking receiving flight training in a U.S. school.
"Moussaoui was actually flying the same simulators I flew at Northwest Airlines, so this is kind of a personal issue for me," Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) said during a July 18 hearing in a reference to Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen who was convicted of conspiring to take part in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks after taking flight lessons in Oklahoma.
Thompson said Monday that his bill could help prevent that, if it gets consideration in the Republican-led House.
"If enacted, the Flight School Security Act of 2012 could help prevent persons on the no-fly list from obtaining the skill necessary to operate an aircraft with potentially deadly consequences," he said.
The transportation security panel has three hearings scheduled this week, including an investigation about "misconduct" among TSA employees, but as of Monday, Thompson's flight school security had not been scheduled for a markup.
Lawmakers are expected to begin their traditional August recess next week.