Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) has introduced the Honoring Our Fallen TSA Officers Act (H.R. 4026), which would amend federal law to ensure that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees killed in the line of duty receive the same death benefits that other federal law enforcement officers already receive.
“Transportation Security Officers perform an important public duty, protecting Americans and the traveling public from threats to our aviation, rail, and transit systems,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “They are the first line of defense at our airports, sea ports, and other transportation hubs. We should do right by them and their families if they are tragically killed in the line of duty.”
Brownley introduced the bill in response to the shooting death of Gerardo I. Hernandez at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), on Friday, November 1, 2013.
TSA is comprised of nearly 50,000 security officers, inspectors, air marshals, and managers who protect the nation’s transportation systems by screening for explosives at checkpoints in airports, inspecting rail cars, patrolling subways with law enforcement partners, and working to make all modes of transportation safe.