Senate Democrats are pushing for additional “security measures” at airports in the United States following the attack at the Brussels international airport on Tuesday.
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New York Democrat Charles Schumer emerged from a meeting with proposed Supreme Court appointee Merrick Garland to announce the measures.
“We’re going to learn more about what happened in the coming days,” Schumer said. “When we do, it’s going to be critically important that we look again at the safety and security of our transit systems to ensure this type of attack doesn’t occur on American soil.”
Security will be beefed up as will the TSA and more Patriot Act-like legislation, more control and more surveillance. #Brussels
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Democrats sent what is described as a “short term” Federal Aviation Administration bill to the White House in the hours following the attack and the House rushed through voice-voted legislation extending authorization for the FAA through July 15.
Schemer said the measures are aimed at tightening the vetting process for TSA employees, more emphasis on counterterrorism training and funding for the efforts.
Democrats are also calling for expanding security perimeters at airports.
Because the Brussels attack occurred at the ticket area, this will mean passengers will likely be subjected to dangerous naked body scanners and intrusive searches, roving squads of police with automatic weapons, and profilers looking for “behavioral indicators” before reaching the gate.
In 2013 the TSA quietly expanded its reach to sporting events, music festivals, rodeos, highway weigh stations and train terminals.
The latest proposals, however, are not new. The measures were outlined in an anti-terrorism package released by Senate Democrats in December.