Lawmakers push TSA to expand expedited screening programs

03/21/2012 | Bloomberg

Some lawmakers are putting pressure on the Transportation Security Administration to increase the number of travelers participating in expedited screening programs. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., asked TSA Administrator John Pistole when between 20% and one-third of travelers would be enrolled; he did not provide a date. “For too long, travelers with low-risk profiles have been screened no differently than those with high-risk profiles in a one-size-fits-all system,” Landrieu said during a hearing this week. Meanwhile, observers say the process for enrolling in the programs may be too difficult. Travelers must be frequent fliers on participating airlines to be in the PreCheck program, and participants in the Global Entry program must go through background interviews conducted at only a limited number of locations.

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