Katko Holds First Subcommittee Hearing on Transportation Security

Subcommittee on Transportation Security to Examine Airport Security and Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. John Katko (NY-24), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security held the following hearing Tuesday February 3rd  to examine security programs designed to mitigate potential insider threats from airport employees, airline employees, TSA personnel, and others who have access to sterile areas of domestic airports.

Subcommittee Chairman John Katko stated: “This hearing stems from a recent series of security breaches in which loaded firearms were brought onto commercial airplanes by employees with airport access privileges.  Fortunately, these incidents did not end in tragedy, but there is much to be learned from what occurred.

“In light of the significant threats we face, the subcommittee will examine current nationwide protocols for employee access at airports, and the circumstances that led to the breaches.

“Nearly 14 years after 9/11, terrorists have adapted to our security protocols in ways that require us to be agile, resourceful and responsive. I am confident we can improve access control and employee screening measures at our airports.”

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TUESDAY, February 3 at 2:00 p.m.:

Subcommittee on Transportation Security

A Review of Access Control Measures at Our Nation’s Airports

311 Cannon House Office Building

Panel I

  • Mr. Mark Hatfield, Acting Deputy Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Gary D. Perdue, Deputy Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice

Panel II

  • Ms. Sharon Pinkerton, Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, Airlines for America
  • Mr. Miguel Southwell, General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport