House Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks

House Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks
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Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddDemocratic super PAC ties Trump allies to Jan. 6 in new ad campaign The 10 races that will decide the Senate majority Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (R-N.C.) and several other Republican members of Congress are calling for the White House to support a new policy that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to check the temperatures of all airline passengers at security checkpoints.

Budd led a letter to White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsLaura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 Tucker Carlson extends influence on GOP  Jan. 6 panel asks McCarthy to cooperate MORE on Wednesday asking for support for this temporary policy. 

“Having TSA temporarily screen passengers for elevated temperatures, while ensuring that travelers with unrelated medical issues causing elevated temperatures can still travel, has a number of practical advantages,” they wrote.

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They said temperature checks would provide a disincentive to travel for people who know they may be sick and give an extra layer of protection to increase the safety of air travel as well as traveler confidence. They also said temperature checks would be a helpful addition to the TSA’s toolkit for preparedness for any future pandemics.

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However, TSA Administrator David Pekoske defended the federal government’s decision not to take passengers’ temperatures at checkpoints on Tuesday.

“Temperature checks are not a guarantee that passengers that don’t have an elevated temperature don’t have COVID-19,” Pekoske said.

He added, though, that no decision has been made on whether the government will conduct temperature checks, echoing previous statements from the agency.

Airlines for America, which represents and advocates for major U.S. airlines, has requested the temperature check policy.

The advocacy group announced on Monday that major airlines will start requiring passengers to complete a health acknowledgment form during check-in for a flight, which encourages passengers to evaluate their own health before traveling. 

The form asks the passenger if they are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, including a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.