The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expanding its “Pre-Check” program for passengers to 60 new airports, the agency announced on Wednesday.
The new locations will bring the total number of airports where fliers can volunteer information to the agency in exchange for the possibility of receiving expedited screening to 100, according to TSA officials.
TSA Administrator John Pistole said the expansion of Pre-Check was evidence of his agency’s commitment to move toward a “risk-based” airport security system.
“As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” Pistole said in a statement. “Expanding TSA Pre-Check to more locations enables many more passengers across the country to experience expedited screening.”
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief John Pistole said on Monday that the agency was working to change its perception among airline passengers.
Since its inception, critics have frequently lambasted the TSA with accusations ranging from security theater to invasion of airline passengers' privacy.
But Pistole said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that the agency's switch to "risk-based" procedures were helping to change its perception among frequent fliers.
“We have undertaken some fairly significant changes both in policy and in procedures, so more and more people are experiencing a different TSA at the airport,” Pistole told the paper.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief John Pistole said this week that airport security should be focused on “non-metallic threats.”
The comments came during an interview with the Tampa Tribune newspaper in which Pistole was touting the TSA’s “risk-based” security initiatives.
“There has been a migration to nonmetallic threats, including liquid and plastic explosives,” Pistole told the paper. “Our focus at the checkpoint must be detecting improvised explosive devices and the components that could be used to construct IEDs. That is why we have the limitations on liquids that passengers can carry on board.”