Mass. Delegation Urges DOJ to Review Proposed TSA Exit Lanes Policy Change

Follows letter to TSA requesting information on impacts on aviation security


Washington (November 14, 2013) - As a followup to their letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Massachusetts Congressional delegation sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking it to look into the recent proposed changes to the guarding of exit lanes at airports nationwide. Exit lanes are the exit doors at airports between arriving flights and baggage claims. In the wake of the fatal shooting of a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport, DOJ announced plans to examine TSA's role in protecting airports. 


"Given the impact of TSA's proposed change on the security of the flying public, airport employees, and airline crewmembers in Massachusetts and throughout the country, we urge you to review this particular proposal by TSA in the context of your larger review of airport security," writes the delegation in the letter to DOJ.   


Earlier this year, TSA announced its intent to use the Airport Security Plans amendment process to assign the responsibility for the monitoring of exit lanes to airport operators. Last month, the delegation outlined its concerns in a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole. 


A copy of the letter to the Department of Justice can be found HERE