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Chairwoman Roybal-Allard Statement on TSA Selecting LAX to Test Drone Detection Capabilities

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Washington, May 19, 2021 | Benjamin Bryant ((202) 309-2383) | comments

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it has selected Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to test state-of-the-art technology to detect, track, and identify (DTI) drones that are encroaching on restricted airspace. Drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), can pose a threat to transportation security when flown too close to certain aviation, surface, or related transportation venues.

After TSA’s announcement, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement:

“I was proud to help appropriate the funding for this program and I am pleased to hear that TSA has selected LAX to be the second test-bed location for TSA’s c-UAS pilot. LAX’s passenger volume, operational environment, and UAS threat vulnerability make it a natural choice. This is a great step toward ensuring TSA is prepared to help protect the American people and transportation systems from UAS threats.”

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