Senators have given final passage to the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act (S. 223) by a vote of 87-8.
This measure will eventually be headed to a conference committee with the House to work out differences in their bills.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says this bill will “create or save 280,000 jobs,” according to POLITICO.
Some other components of the bill noted in the article:
- “authorizes $35 billion in spending”
- “would modernize the nation’s air traffic control system and install a GPS-based radar system”
- “includes a ‘passenger bill of rights’ that allows air travelers to leave the plane if they are delayed more than three hours”
- “installs a penalty of a year in prison or $100,000 fine for anyone who misuses images taken from security scanners at airports”