Airline travel can be an especially challenging experience for wounded service members and veterans. Having to take off a belt or jacket can be a major inconvenience for them, as a lengthy and even humiliating process at the airport.
A new policy would change that. The Helping Heroes Fly Act would allow severely disabled service members and veterans to undergo “sensitive screening” at airports, according to a release. The measure would improve a current Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program called the Wounded Warrior Screening Program and require all screeners to be trained on correct procedures.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who is from Hawaii, introduced the bill. She says in the release that the act “is a h3 step toward ensuring they (wounded service members and veterans) do not face unnecessary hardships after having served our country with courage and dignity.”
Gabbard is currently a Military Policy Company Commander with the Hawaii Army National Guard and has twice been deployed to the Middle East. The act is supported by many stakeholders in the veterans community and the airline industry, including American Legion, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Federation of Government Employees and the Air Line Pilots Association.