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Well you have to give the TSA credit. I started the newsletter today from the field at EWR as we waited to pull into our stand — today, when the PreCheck line is busier than ever and when the snow is coming down by the kiloton.
On the way here, Johnny Jet and I got into a discussion about the expansion of PreCheck with Ross Finestein and Jim McKenney, two press secretaries for the TSA who happen to be camping out in EWR this morning. We had a coffee and they caught me up on some of the agency’s recent initiatives.
What are they most excited about coming up this year? No surprise: expansion of the PreCheck program. Ross detailed a spectrum of plans that the agency is unfurling to alleviate part of the load on current travelers and expand it to new enrollees — and they genuinely seem interested in making the program more efficient.
Whether or not their plans bear fruit lies in the future, but you have to commend the team for jumping into the fray.
Is Cleveland Hopkins destined to be the next Pittsburgh International Airport? Late last week, United announced that it was scaling down its presence in the quiet Ohio airport citing massive annual losses. With population on the decline, CLE seems headed for the same ghost-town status that PIT currently has.
Residents of Ohio will obviously be the most impacted, but for those regularly flying on United you may also notice some disruptions. Former connections at CLE will now be shifted to other hubs like Chicago and Newark, and with congestion common in both of those airports, there’s no doubt that schedules will get scrambled.
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