House Passage Of The No-Hassle Flying Act To Help Passengers At Miami International Airport By Cutting Down On The Re-Screening Of International Checked Bags. Reducing Double-Screening Can Help Both Domestic & International Bag Delays At Our Busy Airpor

Dec 12, 2012

Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, a member of the Florida congressional delegation, was encouraged by passage of The No-Hassle Flying Act, S. 3542, which will safely streamline international baggage screening from facilities that have U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facilities.

Under current law, overseas passengers must have their baggage re-screened when they have a layover in the United States.  This bipartisan and bicameral compromise promotes efficient security at U.S. airports and ensures that limited staff and resources are put to their best use. Transportation Security Administration retains its discretion as to whether additional screening of bags is necessary.

Top at the list of airports to benefit from this legislation is Miami International Airport (MIA). It is second in international passengers among U.S. airports, serving almost 40 million passengers a year with service to approximately 150 cities on 4 continents. Its annual economic impact in South Florida is over $26 billion and it provides over 36,000 jobs directly and over 250,000 jobs indirectly.

“This common sense piece of legislation will help reduce passenger delays at MIA, one of our nation’s busiest airports and the ‘Gateway to the Americas.’ Robust and reliable screening is a necessity but double-screening provided no meaningful additional security while causing countless headaches and delays for passengers.” Said Ros-Lehtinen