ACI-NA Statement on Meeting with House Homeland Security Subcommittee

Washington – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke released the following statement after a roundtable discussion today between the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and airport and airline industry representatives. The meeting focused on strategies to reduce wait times at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints at airports across the United States.

“Maintaining the safety and security of the traveling public is the top priority for airports.  At the same time, we must identify solutions that improve the overall efficiency of the screening process. Today’s roundtable discussion with the subcommittee was a productive step in identifying measures to provide relief for passengers waiting in long TSA lines.

“During our frank dialogue, airport directors and I were able to share a number of industry recommendations with the subcommittee in hopes of achieving both short-term and long-term solutions for frustrated passengers.

“We appreciate Chairman Katko’s leadership in bringing airports to the table in a spirit of collaboration.  We look forward to continuing our work with Congress to ensure TSA has adequate funding for staffing, technology, and other resources to effectively and efficiently screen passengers this summer and into the future.”

About ACI-NA

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America.  Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports.  Collectively, U.S. airports employ more than 1.3 million people and account for $1.2 trillion in economic activity—or seven percent of the total U.S. workforce and eight percent of GDP.  Canadian airports support 405,000 jobs and contribute C$35 billion to Canada's GDP. Learn more at www.aci-na.org.