Lawmakers Ask TSA To Place Passenger Advocates In Airports

Considering all the negative press the Transportation Security Administration has received in recent years over its invasive airport security screening procedures, it couldn’t hurt for the TSA to have staffers on hand whose job it is to consider the best interest of the passengers.

At least that’s the line of thinking for U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and NY State Senator Michael Gianaris, who yesterday asked the TSA to place passenger advocates at airport security checkpoints so passenger complaints could be addressed immediately.

“We are calling on the TSA to give a voice to those who feel they may have been inappropriately treated or subject to overly onerous screening,” said Schumer.

The latest round of TSA hate followed claims by an 84-year-old woman who says she was strip-searched by airport security after her implanted heart defibrillator set off some sort of alert. The TSA denies the woman’s claims.

Regardless, that octogenarian cheered yesterday’s announcement.

“I think it’s a good idea,” she said about the senators’ request to the TSA. “I think these things shouldn’t happen. You rely on the airport and the security there to protect you. You should not be exposed to this kind of abuse.”

Senators Want TSA Passenger Advocates At Airports [CBS Miami]