Obama arbitrarily opens commercial flights from the U.S. to Cuba, but no one seems to know if the State Sponsor of Terror Castro regime is complying with or even capable of complying with American and international airport security standards. What could possibly go wrong?
Rep. John Katko: Security concerns remain as U.S. commercial flights to Cuba resume
The first U.S. commercial flight to Cuba in more than 50 years arrived in Cuba Wednesday, but U.S. Rep. John Katko says he continues to have concerns about Cuban airport security and whether the island nation has the resources to properly screen passengers.
Katko, who chairs the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, said Cuba and the Transportation Security Administration haven’t publicly disclosed important details about airport security, including whether the Cubans have body scanners in all airports, what canine operations exist at these facilities and if the scanning equipment works.
“They haven’t told us whether or not there have been any inspections done,” Katko, R-Camillus, said during an editorial board meeting Tuesday with The Citizen. “They haven’t told us anything.”
In May, Katko chaired a subcommittee hearing on the agreement reached between the United States and Cuba to resume commercial air travel. He invited officials from the Department of Homeland Security and TSA to testify on the state of Cuba’s airport security.
However, the officials declined to publicly discuss any information about Cuba’s airport security equipment, including whether there were body scanners, canine teams and explosive trace detection systems available at these airports.
A TSA representative said that information was considered sensitive and secure, so it couldn’t be disclosed in a public setting.
One month later, Katko and other members of Congress planned a trip to Cuba to inspect the airports themselves. But the Cuban government didn’t issue visas so the congressional delegation could enter the country.
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