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senate Bill S. 1881

Should Amputee, Paralyzed & Blind Veterans Receive TSA PreCheck For Free?

Argument in favor

Veterans who have been injured while serving their country should be honored with free TSA PreCheck. This bill will help make it a little easier for roughly 200,000 heroes to travel.

Gopin2018's Opinion
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08/10/2019
As a disabled veteran I fully support this. #MAGA
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KAG-2020's Opinion
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08/10/2019
Yes provide this benefit to our veterans- God Bless Our Men and Women in uniform.
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Jim's Opinion
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08/10/2019
What a small thing for those who gave more then we can repay.
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Argument opposed

Airlines already give passengers who need extra assistance with security and boarding the help they need, regardless of PreCheck status, so these veterans should already be getting help at the airport.

NoHedges's Opinion
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08/10/2019
Anyone with a recognized disability should. Including those with autism. AND THEY ALREADY DO You are required to undergo screening at the checkpoint by technology or a pat-down. If your TSA Pre✓® designation has been verified at a participating airport, you do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts, or light jackets during the screening process. However, if you are required to undergo additional screening for any reason, a pat-down may be required, which includes the removal of items such as shoes, belts, or light jackets. Also, TSA officers may swab your hands, mobility aids, equipment and other external medical devices to test for explosives using explosives trace detection technology. Travelers with disabilities with TSA Pre✓® on their boarding passes will receive TSA Pre✓® on-person screening when screened in a standard lane for any reason. This may happen when the TSA Pre✓® lane is closed, for example. Carry-on baggage and other accessible property will undergo standard screening in standard lanes, including removal of laptops, 3-1-1- liquids, and CPAP/BPAP equipment. This legislation is little more than a #MAGA attempt to buy the votes of veterans. https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures
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burrkitty's Opinion
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08/10/2019
Why wouldn’t you extend this to all disabled people? Apparently they already do. So why are we duplicating the effort?
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I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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08/10/2019
It appears that this legislation is unnecessary as veterans already receive the services this bill proposes to provide. This appears to be a Representative trying to make himself appear to be actually doing something for The People, more specifically disabled veterans, that may help this poor performing representative get brownie points and possibly get re-elected. Maybe this Representative should work on Medicare for All, that would provide all veterans and all Citizens with something that actually benefits them, others and every person.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedJune 18th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 1881?

This bill — the Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel (VETS Safe Travel) Act — would offer TSA PreCheck to veterans who are amputees, paralyzed, or blind at no cost. Under this bill, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) would be required to certify a veteran’s eligibility for PreCheck and the TSA would process the veteran’s application, granting access to TSA PreCheck at not cost provided the veteran successfully passes the background check and interview process.

Once a veteran receives TSA PreCheck, the TSA would advise that they use TSA PreCheck in conjunction with calling the TSA Cares hotline 72 hours prior to departure to ensure expedited screening. 

Currently, TSA PreCheck is offered to active duty, reserves, and National Guard servicemembers at no cost. Nationwide, there are approximately 70,000 amputee veterans, 100,000 paralyzed, and 130,000 blind veterans who’d benefit from this bill.

Impact

Disabled veterans; amputee veterans; paralyzed veterans; blind veterans; VA; TSA; and PSA PreCheck.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1881

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. Todd Young (R-IN) introduced this bill to provide disabled veterans TSA PreCheck for free

“Our wounded warriors deserve the utmost gratitude and respect. This legislation is one way we can help improve the lives of veterans, like my colleague Senator Duckworth, who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to serve our nation.”

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) — the first disabled female veteran to be elected to the House and Senate and a strong proponent of initiatives to make it easier for people with disabilities to traveladded

“Millions of Veterans have sacrificed a great deal in service to our nation and returned home with service-connected disabilities. For those of us who rely on prosthetics and wheelchairs for mobility, air travel and passing through airport security can be a challenge. I’m proud to join Senator Young in introducing this bipartisan legislation to make TSA Pre√® available at no cost to these Veterans and make flying and passing through airports a little easier and less intrusive.”

After this bill passed the House Homeland Security Committee, its House sponsor, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), said

“Traveling through airport security can be challenging. America’s veterans who suffer from a disabling condition should not have to worry about security screenings. Under this legislation, severely injured veterans would be eligible for TSA Pre Check free of charge. This benefit is similar to what is already offered to Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard servicemembers. Easing the travel experience of America’s veterans is the very least we can do to honor their sacrifice to our country.”

The Wounded Warrior Project is among a number of veterans’ organizations that supports this bill. Its CEO, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Mike Linnington, says

“The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act will provide many severely injured and disabled veterans a more dignified experience when passing through security checkpoints at our nation’s airports. On the behalf of the millions of American veterans whose lives we aim to improve, we thank Senators Todd Young and Tammy Duckworth for their concern and leadership on this important issue, and for their great fidelity to our nation’s veterans.”

This bill has one cosponsor, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Its House version, sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), passed the House Homeland Security Committee with the support of 21 bipartisan cosponsors, including 16 Republicans and five Democrats. 

This bill is supported by the Wounded Warrior Project, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Honor Flight Network, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion.  


Of NoteTSA PreCheck is already offered to active duty, reserves, and National Guard service members at no cost. The program, which costs $85 a year for the general public, allows travelers to go through airport security checkpoints removing shoes, belts or light jackets or taking laptops or liquids out of carry-on bags. 


Media:

Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Jodi Jacobson)

AKA

Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act

Official Title

A bill to provide PreCheck to certain severely injured or disabled veterans, and for other purposes.

    As a disabled veteran I fully support this. #MAGA
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    Anyone with a recognized disability should. Including those with autism. AND THEY ALREADY DO You are required to undergo screening at the checkpoint by technology or a pat-down. If your TSA Pre✓® designation has been verified at a participating airport, you do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts, or light jackets during the screening process. However, if you are required to undergo additional screening for any reason, a pat-down may be required, which includes the removal of items such as shoes, belts, or light jackets. Also, TSA officers may swab your hands, mobility aids, equipment and other external medical devices to test for explosives using explosives trace detection technology. Travelers with disabilities with TSA Pre✓® on their boarding passes will receive TSA Pre✓® on-person screening when screened in a standard lane for any reason. This may happen when the TSA Pre✓® lane is closed, for example. Carry-on baggage and other accessible property will undergo standard screening in standard lanes, including removal of laptops, 3-1-1- liquids, and CPAP/BPAP equipment. This legislation is little more than a #MAGA attempt to buy the votes of veterans. https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures
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    Why wouldn’t you extend this to all disabled people? Apparently they already do. So why are we duplicating the effort?
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    I am once again confused. This sounds like it would be a great accommodation for wounded vets, but I am gathering that this accommodation already exists. If it does not- then YAY, implement free prechecks for wounded vets and disabled people. If it is already being done, then this is just a junk bill so politicians can lay claim to doing something "good" when in fact, they did nothing at all. Shame on you for wasting the resources of our government in order to pretend you are going your job. I would suggest that if you want the credit for fostering great legislation, then come up with some great legislation and stop trying to trick the electorate.
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    Yes provide this benefit to our veterans- God Bless Our Men and Women in uniform.
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    It appears that this legislation is unnecessary as veterans already receive the services this bill proposes to provide. This appears to be a Representative trying to make himself appear to be actually doing something for The People, more specifically disabled veterans, that may help this poor performing representative get brownie points and possibly get re-elected. Maybe this Representative should work on Medicare for All, that would provide all veterans and all Citizens with something that actually benefits them, others and every person.
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    What a small thing for those who gave more then we can repay.
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    Again not a real question
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    We send our own out to do our dirty work and then forget them as soon as they are stateside. This would fall in the "least we can do" category.
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    Any veteran should receive this. We’ve all had a background check and been vetted.
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    It’s already done.
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    This seems to me to be an ”accommodation” as designated by the ADA. Also, moving passengers requiring special assistance through a pathway that, because of the extra charge, the majority of passengers will not select seems a reasonable way to increase flow through the security process. At times, I have found myself designated to the Pre-Check line for free, whether for the convenience of TSA or the airlines, I wouldn’t know. But ensuring this service for the disabled seems a no brained to me.
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    Why are we redoing this?? This should not just be Vets anyway. Ridiculous that senate is wasting their time pretending to do something for Veterans when they already have this.
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    Disabled already do.
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    Support our handicap veterans. Support our homeless veterans and invest in the VA ensuring our vets needs are met.
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    Veterans and disabled people already get help in airports. What is this republican bill hiding?
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    Stop discriminating against non-veterans.
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    Millions of our vets are homeless. They have one of the highest suicide rates of all groups. It's about time we show them the respect they deserve, even with a draft dodger in the White House.
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    All Veterans should not have to pay.
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    I fully support our veterans and their sacrifices but I’m going to have to say no to this one. Why single out veterans? There are plenty of groups that could be included in a rule like this.
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