New Democrats Promise to Improve Airport and Seaport Security


According to the USA Today story, the new Democrats poised to take office after the start of next year plan to further improve homeland security by earmarking millions of largely nonexistent dollars in technology at airports and seaports. Aviation officials, however, are worried that the Democrat’s plans may pose a financial hardship to airlines. An example of this includes their plan to screen all cargo before it’s placed on passenger planes.

“New Majority Plans Early Security Push,” House Democrats made domestic security a centerpiece of their campaign this year and vowed to fulfill all the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations. “Real security” is the first of six policies Democrats will push when they take control of Congress in January, according to a manifesto they recently published to highlight differences with Republicans.

What this will do is generate new money for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for machines that will better protect against hard-to-detect weapons and explosives, says the article.

“I expect a much more supportive attitude on better funding TSA to get them the equipment they need and maybe more personnel,” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told the newspaper. DeFazio is a senior member of the TSA oversight committee.

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