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October 1, 2014

TSA Expands Pre-check Screening Initiative

Late last week, the Transportation Security Administration expanded the TSA Pre-check program with a Private Sector Pre-Screening initiative that will make more low-risk travelers eligible for expedited airport screening.

The new initiative uses private industry best practices to identify and pre-screen low-risk, trusted travelers, providing an alternative method to apply for expedited screening beyond direct enrollment sites. Once the private sector pre-screening process has determined a traveler's TSA Pre-check eligibility, TSA will also conduct a security threat assessment.

Industry associations lauded the initiative. "By safely increasing the opportunity for enrollment in TSA Pre-check, private sector pre-screening will help make more Americans eligible for trusted travel while strengthening security measures," U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow said in a statement. "This is more evidence that with innovative policymaking, security and passenger convenience can both win. We look forward to working with TSA and Congress toward comprehensive marketing efforts that will help this already successful program achieve its full potential."

At the same time, GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick also praised the initiative. "This will allow new and more convenient ways for business travelers to enroll in TSA Pre-check," he said in a statement. "For example, we are hopeful that group enrollments will soon be performed at places of business, versus individual enrollments at TSA facilities. This private-sector solution is a better, more efficient use of resources while still maintaining an emphasis on safety and security, which is of the utmost importance."

Read more about TSA Pre here. 

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