Text: H.R.5325 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/08/2004)


108th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5325


To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish a deadline for the screening of all individuals, goods, property, vehicles, and other equipment entering a secure area of an airport, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 8, 2004

Mrs. Lowey introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish a deadline for the screening of all individuals, goods, property, vehicles, and other equipment entering a secure area of an airport, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Guaranteeing Airport Physical Screening Standards Act of 2004”.

SEC. 2. Screening of all individuals and property entering secure areas of an airport.

(a) Deadline.—Section 44903(h)(4)(A) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking “as soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this subsection” and inserting “not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of the Guaranteeing Airport Physical Screening Standards Act of 2004”.

(b) Screening and inspection requirements.—Section 44903(h)(4)(B) of such title is amended by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following: “and will include at a minimum physical screening for metal objects”.

(c) Interim measures.—The Secretary shall require random screenings and inspections of individuals, goods, property, vehicles, and other equipment at the entrances of, and within, secure areas of an airport until such date as the Secretary has fully complied with the requirements of section 44903(h)(4)(A) of such title. The random screenings and inspections shall be conducted in a manner that assures the level of protection described in section 44903(h)(4)(B) of such title, as amended by this section. The random screenings and inspections shall be unannounced and shall be conducted 24 hours a day.

SEC. 3. Hiring of screeners.

(a) Number of screeners.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security may hire the number of passenger and baggage screeners that the Secretary determines necessary to ensure aviation security.

(b) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.