White House Passes Bill to Boost Airport Security, Reduce Lines

July 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — The House passed an aviation bill Monday aimed at boosting airport security, reducing screening lines and refunding fees to passengers whose luggage is lost or arrives late.

The bill also extends the Federal Aviation Administration’s programs for 14 months at current funding levels. It was approved by a voice vote.

The Senate is expected to vote later this week. Action is required by Friday, the day the FAA’s current operating authority expires, to avoid a partial shutdown of the agency.

House and Senate lawmakers had reached an agreement last week clearing the way for passage after Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House transportation committee, agreed to temporarily drop his effort to remove air traffic control operations from the FAA and place them under the control of a private, nonprofit corporation.

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