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TSA explores using commercial data to expand PreCheck program

Excerpt from Homeland Security Today

Jan 30, 2013 12:03 pm

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Using credit checks or other commercial data as a security barometer? TSA may be stepping into a minefield with this one.

— Dennis Schaal

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The TSA is looking for better ways to qualify more travelers for less-rigorous screening. Inha Leex Hale / Flickr.com


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) held an industry day to explore the possibility of using commercial data to prescreen air passengers and thus speed their physical screening at U.S. airports.

TSA has been putting trusted travelers through expedited screening through its PreCheck program but the agency is now seeking ways to expand the population of travelers eligible for faster and lighter screening.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said it is the goal of TSA to make half of the US population eligible for expedited screening within two years’ time…the agency asked private companies for assistance in figuring out how to do that.

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