US House representatives urge Congress to increase safety precautions for TSA agents

Approximately 150 US House representatives have announced they are pushing Congress for more coverage for TSA agents, the group said.

House Democrats, led by Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, and Salud Carbajal of California sent a letter calling for an emergency temporary standard from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect essential federal workers who face an elevated risk of exposure to the coronavirus while they´re working.

OSHA does not currently require workplaces to take detailed steps in response to the pandemic. TSA agents, for example, don´t have the basic rights given to most federal workers. Emergency measures include increased hazard pay and expanded telework.