TSA Official: Important that airports, airlines maintain consistent commercial service

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has decided to reinstate federal screening resources at Sheridan County Airport. The TSA will evaluate requests for federal screening resources on a case-by-case basis, Roderick Allison, Acting Deputy Administrator for the TSA said in an April 22 letter to Sen. MIke Enzi, announcing that TSA will return airport screening services to Sheridan. "I would like to stress the importance of airport and airline ability to secure and maintain consistent and long-term commercial service, as resulting removal of screening resources creates uncertainty for TSA's frontline personnel who would face unemployment or relocation," Allison's letter reads. Though the TSA initially determined that Sheridan's air service did not meet their criteria for federal screening resources, a letter to Enzi dated April 22 states that the TSA has determined that federal screening resources are indeed warranted. "TSA will continue to evaluate each request for Federal screening resources on a case-by-case basis, regardless of whether it is a new request or a request for re-federalization after a break in commercial service," Roderick Allison, Acting Deputy Administrator for the TSA said. See the full TSA letter here . This decision comes shortly after the Senate recently passed legislation that included a provision that would return TSA screening to Sheridan. This language was originally part of the Treating Small Airports with Fairness Act, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and cosponsored by Senators Enzi and Barrasso. Senators Enzi and Barrasso released the following statements after learning about the TSA’s decision: “It is great news that the TSA has reassessed their decision to pull federal screening resources. Access to and from Sheridan County Airport plays a vital role for many Wyoming residents,” Enzi said. “I believe the action the Senate took earlier this month shows the support behind keeping TSA security checkpoints open in our smaller airports in Wyoming and around the country.” “Restoring TSA screening to the Sheridan County Airport will significantly improve the travel experience for both local residents and visitors to the area,” said Barrasso. “After hearing from rural communities and travelers across the country, the U.S. Senate took action this month to pave the way for this much-needed restoration. We’re pleased the TSA finally recognized our concerns and chose to do the right thing.” #dally #news