Rep. Walsh Takes Step to Protect Passenger Rights

From the office of Rep. Joe Walsh (R, Illinois 8th District)…

Walsh examines TSA procedures at O’Hare airport with Congressman Mike Rogers

WASHINGTON –Today Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) released the following statement after an in depth tour and examination of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Walsh was joined by Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security at today’s tour.

“First and foremost airport security programs, like TSA, are in place to protect American citizens from terrorist not to violate children, seniors and everyone in between,” Walsh said. “It is important to provide oversight to assure citizens that airport security is doing their intended job – stopping terrorists.

“By touring O’Hare, we were able to witness firsthand all aspects of airport security; how it works, what is effective, and what needs reform. We must continue to make sure techniques used by TSA are not over intrusive to patrons and that resources are not being wasted on unnecessary security procedures.

“I am grateful that Chairman Rogers joined me in examining airport safety back home in Illinois. Americans should feel safe and secure in Chicago airports and all airports around the country. As Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, I will continue to monitor TSA oversight and ensure that security and individual liberties are both protected.”

The Transportation Security subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and all other travel related security issues. The Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “TSA’s Efforts to Fix Its Poor Customer Service Reputation and Become a Leaner, Smarter Agency” this Thursday. Following the tour, Congressman Walsh will hold a town hall meeting with Congressman Rogers to hear directly from constituents concerning their experiences with airline safety while traveling through O’Hare, Midway or other area airports.

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