Cornyn Amendment Targeting Iranian Airline Linked to Terrorism Passes in NDAA

In: All News   Posted 09/19/2017

WASHINGTON –A bipartisan amendment sponsored by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) targeting an Iranian airline with known ties to terrorism passed the Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act last night.  This amendment aims to keep Americans safe from Iranian-sponsored terrorism by requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to submit a list of airports that have allowed carrier Mahan Air to land in the previous two years and determines what security measures should be imposed on flights originating from those airports and traveling to the United States. 

“Iran continues to be one of the leading state sponsors of terrorism, and by transporting personnel and weapons Mahan Air is often complicit in this violence," said Sen. Cornyn.  “We have an obligation to help ensure the safety of Americans overseas, and I applaud my colleagues for coming together behind this measure.”

Sen. Cornyn introduced identical language as a standalone bill, the Mahan Airlines and Terrorism Prevention Act. Mahan Air has expanded their international operations while obscuring their terrorism network and posing risks to Americans flying through airports where Mahan’s aircraft may land. In recent efforts to further destabilize Syria, Mahan Air joined forces with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to transport weapons and personnel.  Additionally, the air carrier concealed IRGC Quds Force operatives’ travel to and from Iraq by evading standard security protocols and altering flight manifests.