Frequent fliers may soon be saved some airport security hassle
July 20, 2011
The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) may redesign the way travelers are screened at security checkpoints to focus on higher-risk individuals, which could be great news for business travelers and and others who fly frequently. The plan is to test out a pre-flight identity-based screening process that could expedite the screening process
At a recent Senate hearing, the effectiveness of the TSA's security checkpoints was called into question, Utah's Daily Herald reports. The hearing revealed that in the past 10 years, there were more than 25,000 "security breaches," but a majority of these incidents were minor - such as lost luggage - and the TSA dealt with them quickly.
Many travelers are fed up with the often-invasive and seemingly unnecessary personal searches, and it appears as thought the TSA has taken public opinion to heart. The administration, with the cooperation of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and U.S. airlines, is developing a way for people to voluntarily provide personal information prior to arriving at an airport, so they can get through security faster.
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