Doug Bedell — September 6, 2011, 8:30 am

TSA To Test a ‘Trusted Travelers’ Program

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon be testing a Trusted Traveler program that, over time, could mean less time in airport security lines for many travelers.

“When it comes to airport security today,” CNN reports, “everyone is treated as a potential threat when walking through the checkpoint. That’s why you still have to take your shoes off and pull your laptop out among other things. If they find something, then you might be subject to further screening.”

But TSA has warmed to the idea that if it “can gather enough information about someone to show that he is a reduced risk to security, then they can have a reduced level of physical security at the checkpoint itself. So, if you as a traveler want to give a lot of personal information, there is now hope that you can leave your shoes on and keep your laptop in your bag.”

Maybe. And over time. “Initially,” notes CNN,  “the test will be limited to a few groups. Members of frequent flier programs for a couple of airlines in their hubs will be in the first group. Those who use Customs and Border Patrol programs for expedited entry into the U.S. (Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS) will also take part. Everyone has to be a U.S. citizen to be considered.”

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