4/5/2011

The Transportation Security Administration plans to expand a test program that may eventually allow pilots and flight attendants to bypass traditional airport security checkpoints. Tom Hendricks --
ATA Senior Vice President-Safety Security and Operations -- said the program will "satisfy security needs and free up TSA resources to improve passenger flow." The expedited process has been tested at three airports so far and will be expanded to "a limited number" of airports. It was developed by a union representing airline pilots. Unions representing flight attendants also support the expedited screening. The program relies on verifying crewmembers' identities and employment status.

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