US House passes baggage screening bill

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The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would streamline security screening of baggage arriving in the USA from airports outside the country that have US Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance facilities.

The bill must still be signed by President Barack Obama before it becomes law. The US Senate passed the bill on 29 November.

Called the No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012, the bill allows the US Transportation Security Administration discretion to determine whether additional screening is needed for baggage that were already screened at these airports with pre-clearance facilities. Such facilities are available at select airports in Canada, the Caribbean and Ireland.

Currently, all bags arriving the USA from these airports must be re-screened again upon entry.

Responding to the bill, airline trade association Airlines For America (A4A) president and chief executive Nicholas Calio says: "This is a smart, efficient way to streamline travel, boost tourism and lower costs while maintaining the highest security standards."