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Wasserman Schultz, Deutch introduce bill to expand airport security after Fort Lauderdale shooting

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Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ted Deutch announced Monday they will co-sponsor a bill that expands airport security programs administered by the Transportation Security Administration in the wake of a 2017 shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that left five people dead. 

Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, and Deutch, D-Boca Raton, will introduce the Airport ALERT Act which would require the 28 airports included in the TSA's highest security level to install a "unified operations center" to oversee security operations throughout the entire airport. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Miami International Airport are among the 28 airports nationwide included in the TSA's highest security level. MIA is already constructing such an operations center, according to a press release from Wasserman Schultz. 

"One year ago, our community became the latest to experience a mass shooting we never thought would happen here," Wasserman Schultz said on Twitter. "After conducting a thorough review, I’m proud to introduce this bill to help ensure the safety of travelers at all of our nation’s major airports." 

"Let's learn from last year's tragedy at  Deutch tweeted. "I'm proud to cosponsor the ALERT Act, which will enhance airport operations to be better prepared for future situations."