Congressman Cohen Reintroduces TSA Second Screening Act

April 14, 2021
Press Release
Would help protect health and privacy of TSA agents and the traveling public

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees,  has reintroduced the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Second Screening Act. The bill would permit passengers being screened at TSA checkpoints to opt for a second electronic screening, rather than an automatic physical pat-down, when they believe they have produced a false positive result because of inadvertent movement or mistakenly having a foreign object in a pocket.

In addition to respecting privacy concerns, the second screening would help limit physical interactions between passengers and TSA personnel at a time when proper social distancing and public health protocols must be observed to help end the COVID pandemic.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“The Second Screening Act will allow travelers to have a second electronic or magnetometer screening at TSA checkpoints.  This would save time and respect passengers’ screening preference.  Just as importantly, during the COVID pandemic, the Second Screening Act will also protect the health and safety of TSA agents and the traveling public by limiting unnecessary close physical contact .”