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
@FLLFlyer," Deutch tweeted. "I'm proud to cosponsor the ALERT Act, which will enhance airport operations to be better prepared for future situations."
Today @RepDWStweets and I are introducing the ALERT Act to help keep our nation’s airports safe. Thanks to @FLLFlyer, @ScottJIsrael, @beamfurr, and @seiufl for joining us for this announcement today. pic.twitter.com/rnReGvL5Fl— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) January 8, 2018