Topic - Bennie G. Thompson

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  • Mr. Thompson said the original behavior program was sold to Congress as a way to speed up lines by clearing passengers and putting them through expedited screening.

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  • "Congress has discomfort with the department's pre-clearance deal," said Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, who will be introducing a bill. "There are chronic border security staffing shortages at our nation's airports, yet the department saw fit, on its own, to agree to deploy its personnel to Abu Dhabi and have its government pick up the tab."

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