ACI-NA Supports Bill to Give TSA Conditional Discretion on Rescreening Connecting Baggage from Preclearance Airports

Last week, ACI-NA sent a letter to Congressman Joe Walsh in support of his bill, “The No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012”.  ACI-NA has long worked to eliminate the redundant rescreening process particularly in the case of preclearance airports.

The bill would give the TSA the discretion to determine whether connecting baggage from preclearance airports must be rescreened in the US before continuing on another flight, provided there is an agreement between the US and the host country in question that “delineates and implements security standards and protocols that are determined 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”.

The countries hosting U.S. preclearance are: Aruba, Bermuda, Bahamas, Canada and Ireland.