I got this interesting response from my Congresswoman, when I wrote to discuss issues of privacy with the TSA, as well as the problem of making the public want to fly, and United.
January 8, 2003
Fabulous loft near the Capitol
Denver, Colorado 80203
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about the
Transportation Security Administration. I appreciate the opportunity to
learn your views and to share mine.
While I supported the creation of the Transportation Security
Administration, I share your concerns about protecting the privacy of the
flying public. The "Aviation and Transportation Security Act" was signed
into law by President George W. Bush November 10, 2001 (P.L. 107-71).
This law created the Transportation Security Administration and gave its
federal screeners the authority to search all checked and carry-on
luggage. It is possible that this authority will be challenged
successfully in the courts. In the meantime, I expect that the process of
how passengers' bags are screened will improve as the federal screeners
I am also very concerned about United Airlines' current financial
situation and I realize that the company's continued solvency is critical
to Denver's economy. That is why I have consistently urged the ATSB to
support United Airlines' loan request. Most recently, I joined a number
of my colleagues in sending a letter to the ATSB condemning the agency's
December 4th decision to deny United Airlines' loan request. I agree that
we need to encourage the public to continue traveling. I will continue to
monitor the situation and do what is in my power to affect a positive
Thanks again for taking the time to contact me about this important
issue. I look forward to our continued communication.
Member of Congress