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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 BuddNorth Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid House Dems introduce bill to require masks on planes and in airports Bipartisan bill introduced to require TSA to take temperature checks MORE (R-N.C.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it House rebuffs GOP lawmaker's effort to remove references to Democrats in Capitol MORE (R-S.C.) and John Larson John Barry LarsonIt's time for a grand agreement on Social Security What we need to do next to defeat COVID and unify the country Anxious Democrats amp up pressure for vote on COVID-19 aid 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 Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship 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.