The 2020 White House contest has yet to be certified, but one of former Vice President Joe Biden’s donors is already set to reap a large political reward.
On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a markup on the Registered Traveler Act of 2020. The legislation, if enacted, would create a new registered traveler program that allows certain private sector companies to assume responsibility for the passenger screening process at airports. Such duties have generally been handled by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure that not only the proper security protocols are followed, but that also private passenger information is kept secure.
Although proponents of the legislation have argued that it will increase efficiency and reduce wait times at airports, the bill is written in a way that ensures only one company will be able to qualify