The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is trying something new. A TSA Precheck program geared at prescreening passengers for quicker security processing at airports. John Pistole, head of the agency says, the behemoth is trying to become more intelligence based in its approached to screening for terrorists. As a guess, screening toddlers in wheelchairs, grandma’s depends, and cancer victims prosthesis is just not working that well for the agency or maybe it’s the bad press. Who knows?
The new thought is a prescreening process that allows elite members of the flying public to prequalify for streamlined screening when they get to the airport will help move lines along.
If your application into the invited program is approved along with a $100 fee, you can enjoy going through a shorter line along with First Class fliers, crews, congressmen and other elite travelers. However, you will not be required to remove your shoes, jacket or laptop and liquids from your carryon making security a breeze. But wait, there is a catch. You may be singled out for a random search.
Right now the TSA Precheck program is only available at select airports and airlines. American Airlines and Delta are the first to participate. Why? Because, they are the only airlines that make available their frequent flyer lists to the TSA.
Please do not confuse this selection of participants with profiling. Remember, we don’t profile in the United States. The TSA explains the program is for lesser risk flyers.
(More in upcoming blogs on the Global Entry Program, special treatment for the military, elderly and children under 12.)