Column: TSA takes steps to ease screening

03/26/2012 | ABC News

New Transportation Security Administration programs make it easier for individuals who are very young, elderly or have an extra $100 to pass through airport security, writes Rick Seaney, chief executive officer of FareCompare. He notes that the TSA recently relaxed screening requirements for the elderly at four airports. Last fall, it also eased screening for children. "Now if kids (and older travelers, too) set off any "alarm" when going through a body scanner, they can go through again, even 'multiple times' instead of getting an automatic pat-down," he writes. Meanwhile, the TSA's Pre-check program will be expanded to 35 airports by the end of the year. PreCheck allows fliers to pay $100 and pass a pre-screening program to move more quickly through security.

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