TSA Chief: Loosen Restrictions on Liquids for PreCheck
The outgoing chief of the Transportation Security Administration, the agency that manages security at the nation’s airports, wants his successor to find ways of easing restrictions on bringing liquids onto flights.
In an interview with USA Today, John Pistole said that he would like to see the policy change, if not for all passengers, then at the very least for those who participate in the PreCheck trusted traveler program.
“The greatest risks come from overseas,” he told the paper. “The threats are real and the stakes are high,” he said as part of his explanation for wishing to ease the restrictions.
Current TSA regulations prohibit passengers from bringing liquids larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) through airport security checkpoints.
Passengers who use a PreCheck security checkpoint don’t have to remove certain items of clothing, such as shoes, belts, and light outerwear, and can leave laptops and liquids in their carry-on luggage.
Travelers who are eligible to use a PreCheck lane at the security checkpoint have the information embedded in their boarding pass barcode. The TSA says, however, that even PreCheck-approved travelers are subject to random searches and screenings for security purposes.
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