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112th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6028

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 12, 2012

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


AN ACT

To authorize the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to modify screening requirements for checked baggage arriving from preclearance airports, 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 “No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012”.

SEC. 2. Preclearance airports.

(a) In general.—Section 44901(d) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(4) PRECLEARANCE AIRPORTS.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—For a flight or flight segment originating at an airport outside the United States and traveling from an airport outside the United States where U.S. Customs and Border Protection has established preclearance operations, the Assistant Secretary (Transportation Security Administration) may, in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, determine whether such baggage must be re-screened in the United States by an explosives detection system before such baggage continues on any additional flight or flight segment.

“(B) LIMITATION.—The Assistant Secretary may not exercise the authority under subparagraph (A) unless an agreement is in effect between the United States and the country from which the flight originates requiring the implementation of security standards and protocols that are determined by the Assistant Secretary in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to be comparable to those of the United States and therefore sufficiently effective to enable passengers to deplane into sterile areas of airports in the United States.

“(C) REPORT.—The Assistant Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate an annual report on the re-screening of baggage under this paragraph. Each such report shall include the following for the year covered by the report:

“(i) A list of airports outside the United States from which a flight or flight segment traveled to the United States for which the Assistant Secretary determined, in accordance with the authority under subparagraph (A), that checked baggage was not required to be re-screened in the United States by an explosive detection system before such baggage continued on an additional flight or flight segment.

“(ii) The amount of Federal savings generated from the exercise of such authority.”.

(b) Conforming amendments.—Section 44901 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking “explosive” each place it appears and inserting “explosives”.

Passed the House of Representatives September 11, 2012.

Attest: karen l. haas,   
Clerk