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TSA’s ‘Known Traveler’ program to kick off in four U.S. airports

September 26, 2011

TSA checkpoints

TSA checkpoints

A few lucky frequent flyers will start whizzing through airport checkpoints next week under a pilot program that federal security officials hope will lead to shorter lines for most airline passengers while allowing screeners to focus on real, intelligence-based threats to aviation.

In a move announced earlier this summer, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will launch a “known traveler” program at four airports where Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have hubs: Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta and Detroit. Under the pilot, the airlines will ask a few thousand of their best customers to sign up for a faster screening process.

Selected passengers must volunteer to go through a pre-screening process, which may include giving up tons of personal information as well as biometric data that includes fingerprints and iris scans. If they pass, the information will be embedded in the bar code on their boarding pass the next time they travel and they will be directed to a special, faster lane. Passengers will not know in advance if they are eligible for expedited screening,

The pilot program also will include certain members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s trusted traveler programs. More than one million pre-approved international travelers have signed up for pre-screening, paying $100 for five years for the privilege of getting through customs without the usual hassles.

Read more at: TSA Pilot Program To Speed Up Airport Screening



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