The Senateafternoon approved the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and a key provision requiring TSA to continue staffing exit lanes at the 155 airports at which it performed those duties on Dec. 1, 2013. The House approved the measure last week, so the measure will now be sent to the President for his signature into law.
AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli released the following statement after Senate passage of the budget package, noting the work of airports and of Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and other members of Congress in overturning TSA's exit lane staffing proposal:
and airports are grateful that the Congress has stepped in to reverse a troubling plan by TSA to shift exit lane staffing responsibilities and costs from the agency to airport operators. The ill-conceived proposal, which was clearly driven by nothing more than a desire to shift costs to industry, raised significant security, policy, and operational concerns for airports, airlines, and the traveling public. We want to recognize Senator Murray for her determined leadership on this issue and the numerous other members of Congress who made efforts over the course of the year to question TSA on the implications of moving forward with its plan. Passage of the bipartisan budget bill and the exit lane staffing requirement is a victory for airports and for common sense."