Prepare to be harassed by more pointless security theater and travel delays as the Senate pushes an unnecessary measure in this classic react without thinking fashion. More airport security is on the way to interrupt your travel schedule. Remember to arrive six hours prior to your flight for another ineffective and pointless gesture. Meanwhile, the Mexican border and airspace is wide open and accepting EasyPass for all criminals, narcotics, and weapons.
The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to bolster travel security in the wake of the Brussels attacks with measures that include doubling the number of transportation security teams with bomb-sniffing dogs at domestic airports and other transit hubs.
Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to add security measures to a separate bill that calls for renewing the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration through September 2017. The FAA bill is expected to come up for a final vote later this month.
After Republicans and Democrats reached a deal on security measures earlier in the day, lawmakers voted to raise the number of Visible Intermodal Prevention Response, or VIPER, teams within the Transportation Security Administration from 31 to 60. VIPER teams, which are intended as a visible deterrent to attacks, can be deployed at airports and train or bus stations.
Other measures would bolster the vetting of airport employees, add security to vulnerable check-in and baggage claim areas and authorize the TSA to donate security equipment to foreign airports with direct flights to the United States.
The approved provisions would also order a new U.S. assessment of foreign cargo security programs and provide grant money to train state, local and foreign authorities in how to respond to mass-casualty and “active shooter” incidents.
Read More: Reuters
Featured Image – Passengers make their way in a security checkpoint at the International JFK airport in New York October 11, 2014. REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ