Senator Jon Tester is continuing his fight to protect Montanans from terrorist activity by strengthening airport security.

Tester successfully added an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill currently being debated in the Senate to study the feasibility of installing full body scanners in every airport across the country.  Currently, the Transportation Security Administration prioritizes installing full body scanners in urban airports, which has ‎left airports in Helena and Great Falls without the most up-to-date security equipment.

“As terrorist activity continues to increase across the world, we must realize that our national security is only as strong as our weakest link,” said Tester, Montana’s only member of the Homeland Security Committee.  “These efforts will strengthen airport security, keep travelers safe, and ensure smaller airports have the most up-to-date equipment.”

Additionally, Tester helped add an amendment to the bill that doubles the number of security teams monitoring baggage claims and check-in kiosks, and also increases law enforcement training for active shooter situations.