House Passes Bill Calling for Tightening PreCheck Enrollment, Automating Security Checkpoints

By Paul Riegler on 29 February 2016
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DSC_0183 (1)The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to approve sweeping changes in the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck trusted traveler program.

The bill, which would need to be passed by the Senate and signed by President Obama, would make it easier to apply for PreCheck but it would require participants to provide additional personal information about themselves in order to be accepted.

Furthermore, travelers who are currently eligible for PreCheck by virtue of participating in an airline’s frequent flyer program would have to sign up separately in order to continue in the program.

The legislation also calls for the TSA to create, within a year, a pilot program for an automated system that would review travel documents for PreCheck members, possibly similar to the kiosks used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry program, and create, by the end of 2017, a similar system to verify the identity of non-PreCheck flyers transiting major airports in the United States.

PreCheck, which is available at more than 150 airports in the United States, allows program participants to keep jackets and shoes on while traversing an airport’s security checkpoint. They can also leave their laptop computers and small liquid containers in their bags.

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