Perlmutter backs new screening plan for airport workers

The Aurora Sentinel

AURORA | Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Aurora, voiced his support for a pilot program from the Transportation Security Administration designed to rigorously screen employees at Denver International Airport for prohibited items.

The TSA program at DIA stemmed from a 2007 Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms investigation that found employees at Orlando International Airport smuggling guns and drugs onto commercial airlines. The pilot program at DIA will last six months an will include enhanced employee screening methods, such as random screening, behavior tests, security training and the use of portable screening equipment.

"Employee screening is critical to the safety and security of our traveling public," Perlmutter said in a release. "While the TSA must conduct this screening so employees' jobs are not significantly impacted, we cannot afford to let even one employee slip through the cracks who might threaten our security."

After six months of the pilot program, the TSA will report back to Congress about the results of the new security measures.

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