Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-08) introduced earlier this year. The No-Hassle Flying Act eliminates duplicative luggage screening requirements for passengers originating from pre-cleared airports.
“I am glad that the President recognized the need to reduce unnecessary hassles for travelers and signed this bill into law,” said Walsh. “Double-security does not equal double-safety and this law will save taxpayer money by allowing TSA agents to focus on high-risk travelers. Washington has already over-burdened Americans and I’m proud that the President has signed into law the No-Hassle Flying Act to eliminate this redundant baggage screening regulation.”
The No-Hassle Flying Act was introduced by Walsh and companion legislation was introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MS). This law gives the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) the ability to waive baggage screening requirements on passengers originating from pre-cleared airports.
Walsh, a Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, worked with a number of industry representatives, the TSA congressional office, and the Senate to pass the No-Hassle Flying Act. It is his first piece of legislation enacted into law.