Rep. Payne Jr.’s Proposal to Enhance Security at Public Areas of Transportation Facilities Becomes Law

Oct 9, 2018 Issues: National Security

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – On October 4, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed into law a proposal by Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) that will strengthen security in public areas of transportation facilities, including airports. Rep. Payne’s proposal, originally introduced as the “Securing Public Areas of Transportation Facilities Act of 2018” (H.R. 5766), was incorporated into the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302) as Section 1931. Rep. Payne, Jr. issued the following statement:

“The bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 is a step in the right direction for securing public areas of transportation facilities,” said Rep. Payne, Jr. “By incorporating my transportation safety measure, the Securing Public Areas of Transportation Facilities Act of 2018, the FAA Reauthorization Act empowers the Department of Homeland Security to better protect public areas of our nation’s airports and other transportation facilities.

“Both Democrats and Republicans recognize that it is imperative for the United States to bolster security in public spaces. In the United States and around the world, terrorists continue to target transportation systems. Heightened security has made attacks against aircrafts more difficult to carry out, so terrorists have turned their attention to soft targets such as the crowded public areas of airports and other facilities.

“There are many reasons why public areas of transportation facilities are vulnerable to attacks from terrorism, shootings, and other acts of violence. Public areas of facilities such as airports have many points of entry, heavy foot traffic, and generally few security measures. In recent years, we have seen attacks in public airport areas in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Fort Lauderdale; and last year, we witnessed an attempted bombing of a public surface transportation facility in New York City. My proposal, which was signed into law by President Trump as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act, will ensure that the Department of Homeland Security gives due attention to bolstering security for these soft targets.”