Last week I was flying out of DFW Airport when I went to the security line as usual. I had a nice surprise when after scanning my liscense, I was ushered to a new line. The TSA guy told me I didn’t have to take off my shoes, remove my laptop from my bag, or take off my belt. I went right through the line with no problems, just like it was 1998. It was pretty cool, but I wasn’t exactly sure what happened until now.
It turns out this is part of a new TSA pilot program to expedite screening for known travelers who pose a low risk. This all makes a lot of sense to me.
Here is an excerpt from an article of SecureIDNews that explains it all.
The Transportation Security Administration announced that it began testing a limited, voluntary passenger pre-screening initiative with a small known traveler population at four U.S. airports.
The TSA PreCheck initiative implements components of the agency’s intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security. This pilot program aims to assess measures designed to enhance security by placing more focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer information about them prior to flying in order to potentially expedite the travel experience.
During this pilot, TSA will use pre-screening capabilities to make intelligence-based risk assessments on passengers who voluntarily participate in the TSA PreCheck program and are flying domestically from one of the four pilot sites: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, Dallas/Fort Worth International and Miami International airports.