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April 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 186

TSA has developed a passenger safe travel program called TSA Pre check. The program is expanding across the country to expedite travelers through security lines. TSA Pre check is currently available for eligible participants who have opted in at the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport for those passengers who use American and Delta Airlines.

TSA plans to continue expanding the TSA Pre check concept to include additional airlines, as well as airports that participate in CBP's Global Entry program, once operationally ready.

Recently Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb) introduced legislation that would bar the TSA giving preferential treatment to those passengers who have paid for first class travel to expedite through the long TSA security lines.

Currently a passenger pays $2.50 per enplanement and is imposed on not more than two enplanements per one-way trip. Senator Nelson's legislation is about fairness and safety. He states, "regardless of whether you have a first-class ticket or have reached a certain frequent flier status, the purpose of the airport security screening line is to ensure traveler safety. Allowing a select few to cut in front of those who are waiting patiently, just in order to provide a perk, has nothing to do with safety.''

Senator Nelson's legislation may be moot because all passengers may opt in for expedited screening. TSA is partnering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as well as U.S. air carriers as part of this pre-flight screening initiative. Certain frequent flyers from Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and certain members of CBP's Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS who are U.S. citizens are eligible to participate.

The TSA website indicates this approach is based on the following premises:

  • The majority of airline passengers are low risk.
  • By having passengers voluntarily provide more information about themselves, TSA can better segment the population in terms of risk.
  • Behavior detection and interviewing techniques should be strengthened in the screening process.
  • TSA must accelerate its efforts to optimize screening processes and use of technology to gain system-wide efficiencies.
  • Increase security by focusing on unknowns; expedite known and trusted travelers.

There is an application cost for the enhanced TSA passenger pass through program. It is not clear on any TSA site what the cost is to the applicant. Interested passengers who are not eligible through their airline and are not already a member of a CBP Trusted Traveler program may still be able to opt into TSA Precheck by applying for one of CBP's eligible programs. Click here to learn more:

The TSA approach to security is a layered approach to security through new state-of-the-art technologies, expanded use of existing and proven technologies, better passenger identification techniques and other developments that will continue to strengthen the agency's capabilities to keep terrorists off commercial aircraft.

Norwood McDaniel has traveled to most continents and countries. He manages business aircraft for a variety of clients at his company at You can contact him at to learn about professional aircraft management.

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