A new TSA policy gives frequent flyers a faster screening option
Those who fly the friendly skies are getting their own version of the EZ-Pass through Bush Intercontinental airport. The Transportation Security Administration's pre-check will allow qualified passengers to pass through security checkpoints without removing their shoes or taking off lightweight jackets.
Luis Casanova with TSA says the new pre-screening process is part of their initiative to enhance security by focusing instead on high-risk travelers:
"You can enter through (a) frequent-flyer program; you're invited to opt in. The second way is through the Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler Program... TSA is moving away... from the 'one size fits all model' and trying to segment the population; for example, we have children 12 and under no longer have to remove their shoes."
The pre-screening program has been implemented in other airports and 1.6 million passengers have used it to date.
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