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 BuddThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House Democrats eye big vote on Biden measure GOP primary fights escalate after Trump's endorsements Former GOP Rep. Mark Walker fielding calls about dropping NC Senate bid, running for House MORE (R-N.C.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanLawmakers increasingly anxious about US efforts against Russian hackers GOP seeks oversight hearing with Kerry on climate diplomacy  House Freedom Caucus elects Rep. Scott Perry as new chairman MORE (R-S.C.) and John Larson John Barry LarsonHouse Democrats reintroduce Social Security reform bill Social Security benefits increasing almost 6 percent next year Senate, House Democrats split over taxes in .5T package 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 MeadowsSunday shows - Spotlight shifts to omicron variant Schiff: Jan. 6 panel decision on charges for Meadows could come this week Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves 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.