Bipartisan bill introduced to require TSA to take temperature checks

Bipartisan bill introduced to require TSA to take temperature checks
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Reps. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Democratic super PAC ties Trump allies to Jan. 6 in new ad campaign The 10 races that will decide the Senate majority MORE (R-N.C.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanMask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House Reps. Massie, Grijalva test positive for COVID-19 GOP Reps. Greene, Clyde accrue nearly 0K in combined mask fines MORE (R-S.C.) and John Larson John Barry LarsonDemocrats should make Social Security a top issue in the midterms —  here's how and why  It shouldn't be this hard to grow old in America  House Democrats reintroduce Social Security reform bill MORE (D-Conn.) introduced legislation on Thursday to require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to conduct a pilot program for checking passengers’ temperatures at security checkpoints. 

The program would require the TSA to screen all airline passengers for their temperatures before they proceed through security.

“Reopening America should be the top priority of our government. Making sure air travelers are healthy enough to fly is a common sense way to boost passenger confidence and jumpstart economic activity,” Budd said in a statement.

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The bill announcement follows a letter Budd, Norman and several other Republican members of Congress sent to White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsAre the legal walls closing in on Donald Trump? Jan. 6 probe roils Cheney race in Wyoming House has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? MORE earlier this month, asking for support on this issue.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske has defended the federal government’s decision not to take passengers’ temperatures at checkpoints, saying that temperature checks are not a guarantee that a passenger doesn’t have coronavirus.

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

Major airlines are expected to 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.