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H.R. 4020: Checkpoint Safety Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 25, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 4020


July 25, 2019

(for himself, Ms. Meng, Mr. Zeldin, Mr. Swalwell of California, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Quigley, and Miss Rice of New York) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security


To amend title 49, United States Code, to require the deployment of law enforcement personnel at airport screening locations at very large airports, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Checkpoint Safety Act of 2019.


Deployment of law enforcement personnel at airport screening locations at very large airports

Section 44901(h)(2) of title 49, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:


Minimum requirements


In general

Except at airports required to enter into agreements under subsection (c), the Administrator shall order the deployment of at least one law enforcement officer authorized to carry firearms within 300 feet of each airport security screening location and within the terminal during operating hours at each airport at which the number of annual enplanements for the most recent calendar year for which data are available is 8 million or more or the number of international enplanements is 1 million or more. The Administrator shall order the deployment of additional law enforcement officers authorized to carry firearms at such airports if the Administrator determines that such additional deployment is necessary to ensure airport security.



The Administrator may waive the application of all or part of the requirements of subparagraph (A) only if the relevant law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over an airport described in such subparagraph certifies in a written application to the Administrator that adherence to all or part of such requirements would—


make provision of adequate security for such airport impossible; and


cause extreme hardship to such law enforcement agency that would severely impair its ability to perform its duties.



Law enforcement assistance in Federal airport security

Section 44903 of title 49, United States Code, is amended—


in subsection (b), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking passengers and inserting persons; and


in subsection (c)(1)—


in the first sentence, as amended by paragraph (2)—


by striking The Administrator and inserting (A) The Administrator; and


by striking passengers and inserting all persons and property; and


by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:


Any air transportation security program established pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be adequate to ensure—


close cooperation between all relevant parties in ensuring airport security;


high training standards for all security and law enforcement personnel;


prompt notification of and law enforcement response to any security incidents which may arise at the airport, including detention of persons who may attempt to evade transportation security screening; and


multiple means for Transportation Security Officers or members of the public to request prompt law enforcement assistance in the airport.



Stationing of deputized law enforcement officers

Section 44922 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking subsection (f).