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The Privacy Concerns About TSA’s Expanded Pre-Check Program

Excerpt from Elliott.org

Oct 06, 2013 12:00 pm

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While the privacy concerns aren’t unwarranted, it is likely that the TSA’s biggest challenge will be on the customer service level. Namely, how to guarantee participants the faster security lines they paid for?

— Jason Clampet

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When the Transportation Security Administration’s Pre-Check formally launches sometime this fall, its trusted-traveler program will already have the enthusiastic endorsement of frequent travelers — and an equally enthusiastic denouncement from privacy advocates.

Pre-Check offers an appealing shortcut past the often long airport security lines. After you pay an enrollment fee and submit to a background check and interview, the TSA promises to treat you like a VIP. You’ll be sent to a preferred line, where you can leave your shoes, light outerwear and belt on, leave your laptop in its case and keep your bag of liquids and gels in your carry-on.

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