Business-travel group praises TSA 'trusted traveler' proposal

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“TSA has taken a significant step toward turning theory into practice. Business travelers are among the most qualified candidates for this program and we are hopeful the program is a success that makes air travel both safer and more efficient,” McCormick continued.

Announcing the pilot program last week, TSA Administrator John Pistole said the program would improve airport security.

"These improvements will enable our officers to focus their efforts on higher-risk areas," Pistole said on a conference call with reporters. "Enhancing identity-based screening is another common-sense step in the right direction as we continue to strengthen overall security, and improve the passenger experience whenever possible."