Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) joined Reps. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) to introduce the Fly Safe and Healthy Act of 2021. The bill would help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among air travelers by creating a pilot program to explore temperature checks at TSA checkpoints.
Rep. Budd said in a statement:
“Reopening America should be the top priority of our government. Making sure air travelers are healthy enough to fly is a common sense way to boost passenger confidence and jumpstart economic activity. I’d like to thank Reps. Norman and Carbajal for joining me on this legislation.”
Requires the Transportation Security Administration to establish a pilot program to test temperature screening technology within 30 days. The 120-day pilot would be conducted at TSA checkpoints.
The program includes built-in protections for consumers:
The Administrator would have the flexibility to test various technologies and would be required to ensure Transportation Security Officers are properly trained on how to use the technology and follow program procedures.
No later than 90 days after the pilot program concludes, TSA would be required to issue a policy to deploy the program more broadly at airports throughout the United States until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
TSA would be permitted to partner with universities or academic institutions, national laboratories, public health authorities, or private entities to develop, evaluate, or improve technology for the purpose of detecting fevers or for conducting secondary screenings.
The Secretary of Transportation would be required to issue a rule requiring airlines to notify passengers that they will be subject to temperature screening and to encourage passengers to not come to the airport if they have a fever.