Bill in Congress Would End Random PreCheck Access and Shorten Wait Times at PreCheck Lanes

By Paul Riegler on 10 September 2018
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Flyers enrolled in the TSA’s PreCheck trusted traveler program as well as those enrolled in Global Entry could see a reduction in wait times for dedicated PreCheck lanes at the nation’s airports.

A bill making its way through Congress would prohibit the TSA from funneling what it considered to be low-risk passengers who are not enrolled in a trusted traveler program into PreCheck lanes.

This week the U.S. House of Representatives approved the bipartisan “Precheck is Precheck Act of 2018.”

The bill, HR 6265, stipulates that only travelers who are enrolled in a trusted traveler program such as PreCheck or U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s Global Entry program will be allowed in the PreCheck lanes.

Passengers who transit 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.

The only exceptions for non-enrollees would be travelers who are 12 years of age or under and those 75 or older traveling on the same itinerary as an authorized user.

The proposed legislation would require the TSA to develop a pilot program for non-PreCheck lanes that would further segment passengers based on risk-based criteria.

The bill now moves to the Senate, where it hasn’t yet been scheduled for a vote.

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