Legislation that promises to improve baggage screening efficiency at U.S. airports has passed congress, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported last week.
The legislation, known as the No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012, gives the TSA the discretion to waive re-screening of checked bags on connecting domestic flights when they originate from one of 14 international airports where U.S. Customs and Border Protection has established "preclearance operations." Instead of having to pick up their bags upon arrival in the United States, then re-check them for their domestic flight, international travelers from select destinations will therefore be able to check their bag only once, to their final destination.
"TSA has proposed similar provisions to those contained in the 'No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012' and supports the proposed legislation, as it will greatly improve the customer experience and improve efficiency for cross-border travel," TSA said in a statement.
The bill — the Senate version of which was passed in November — now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) applauded the legislation, saying, "GBTA commends Congress for its bipartisan support of legislation to facilitate business travel to the United States," said GBTA Executive Director Michael W. McCormick. "Now business travelers will be able to check bags to their final destination airports, removing one hurdle from the road warrior's busy schedule."