Checkpoint Optimization and Efficiency Act of 2016by Representative David P. Joyce
Posted on 2016-06-07
JOYCE. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 5338, the
Checkpoint Optimization and Efficiency Act of 2016.
Every week, when I come and go from the Cleveland airport, I worry about the chaotic lines and the long wait times in security. I am glad for the opportunity to speak in support of legislation that intends to alleviate this ever-growing problem. I am increasingly hearing from constituents about the frustration of subjecting oneself to air travel. Traveling with children is even more stressful, as my wife and I can empathize with. Missing a flight because of ridiculously long lines at security is unacceptable. At the same time, we need a system that guarantees passenger safety.
It is all of our jobs here in Congress to ensure that our constituents are safe, and it is the responsibility of TSA officers to ensure travelers are thoroughly screened. This legislation will boost their efficiency in doing so. Reviewing the TSA's staffing model is necessary to determine best practices and implement them as soon as possible. This legislation increases transparency and accountability. Examining big-picture problems with the current system and tackling the issues at the source will help to reduce passenger wait times and will ensure the safety of all of our constituents.
This legislation presents a commonsense approach in addressing the airport wait times issue, and I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 5338.