In the wake of the Brussels attacks, the U.S. Senate took quick action to strengthen travel security by voting on Thursday to double the number of transportation security teams with bomb-sniffing dogs at domestic airports. These Visible Intermodal Prevention Response (VIPER) teams are meant to be visual deterrents to potential threats in major transportation areas.
Along with more highly trained K-9 units and personnel, the FAA bill would allow for a more intense screening of airport employees and added security at check-in and baggage claim areas. The bill also lets the TSA will donate security equipment to foreign airports with direct flights to the United States.
The Senate also approved a new U.S. evaluation of foreign cargo security programs and will provide grant money to train state, local and foreign authorities to respond to active shooters and other mass casualties.
Before the changes can be implemented, the bill must first be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by the President.