2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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IN RECOGNITION OF THE NEED FOR ADEQUATE FEDERAL SCREENERS AT OUR AIRPORTS THIS SUMMER

†††† WHEREAS, after the events of September 11, the federal government assumed responsibility for all aspects of security at our nationís airports by establishing the Transportation Security Administration; and

†††† WHEREAS, TSAís responsibilities included replacing the private screener workforce which had traditionally screened passengers with federal employees at the security checkpoints; and

†††† WHEREAS, Thirteen of our nationís top fifty airports will exceed their year 2000 passenger levels this summer.Because security efficiency makes up a significant percentage of travel wait times, airports operators are concerned that there will not be enough TSA screener staff to meet the demand; and

†††† WHEREAS, Congress put a cap on the number of federal screeners at 45,000 and TSA is running vacancies at approximately 7-10% under authorized levels,

†††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls on TSA to ensure that the appropriate level of screener staff is available at our nationsí airports to meet the needs of this summerís traveling public; and

†††† BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Conference of Mayors calls on TSA to work with airports in determining the appropriate number of screeners necessary for each airport.