WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Flight Attendants-
CWA, AFL-CIO, today lauded a decision by the Transportation Security
Administration to require that airport workers undergo routine security
screening prior to gaining access to secure areas.
"The existing policy has long been a gaping hole in the security net that
the TSA has cast over our nation's air passenger terminals," noted AFA
President Pat Friend. "This change recognizes that any person, whether
wittingly or unwittingly, may pose a potential risk."
In the past, the TSA has relied on background checks to determine which
workers, who are typically employed in shops and restaurants, may be objects
of concern. The agency had been urged by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), ranking
Democrat on the House Aviation Subcommittee, to close the loophole permitting
workers entry with the simple flash of an identification badge.
"It's been nearly three years since the enactment of the Aviation and
Transportation Security Act," said DeFazio. "I'm pleased that TSA has finally
taken steps to close these gaping security loopholes." The policy change also
will reduce the number of identification badges issued and will tighten
security with respect to doors beyond security checkpoints that provide access
to aircraft and tarmacs.
More than 46,000 flight attendants join together to form AFA, the world's
largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong
Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at http://www.afanet.org.
SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants