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Politicians Propose Adding TSA Turmoil to Roads, Rails and Sea

Impacting Travel | Transportation Security Administration | Jessica Kleinschmidt | October 09, 2016

Politicians Propose Adding TSA Turmoil to Roads, Rails and Sea

PHOTO: Are you ready to get the TSA patdown at ports, bus and train depots? (via ThinkStock)

When it comes to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) we are all used to the steps it takes to go through the security checkpoints prior to our flights. Sometimes that extra time makes us opt for the convenience of a train, a ferry or bus.

These routes provide a leisurely approach to your trip and a different kind of adventure. But if a pair of Congressmen have their way, the headache that is TSA will spread to three more travel entry points. 

According to Conde Nast Traveler (h/t MSN) a bipartisan bill was introduced recently by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) that would require “TSA assess terrorism risk at all surface transportation facilities — bus depots, train stations, ports — and implement new security models based on those risks.”

While aviation remains the top target for terrorism, according to The Hill, the senators’ bill points out that terrorists targeted rail and transit stations in Europe.

READ MORE: Can Airports Really Dump TSA If They Want? 

Before you cancel your trip, MSN explains that it’s “far from certain” this bill will pass at all. And why is that? Monetary issues of course. While introducing the bills to legislation, the two politicians described these particular forms of transportation as “soft targets” for terrorists.

TSA "earned" (and we use that term very loosely) a budget bump earlier this year to combat understaffing that led to unmanageable TSA wait times and growing traveler rage. This could be a main reason why this bill was introduced. We have all rolled our eyes at the length of lines we had to stand in and the wait game just adds hours upon hours to a trip that already consumes a massive amount of time.

We don’t know if this will actually pass, and at the moment it doesn’t seem to be making any strong moves towards it being so. It’s a lot of money that will need to be spent for a threat that continues to be described as “soft.”


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