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TSA’s New ‘Randomizer’ Will Put Lucky Travelers in Shorter PreCheck Lines

May 09, 2014 11:00 am

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This happened to us last week. The downside? The person in front of us insisted on taking off shoes, belt, and removing her laptop. Then she drank a bottle of water while blocking the line. PreCheck indeed.

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TSA agents man the checkpoint for pre-cleared passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Kent D. Johnson / AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution


At your next trip to the airport, look out for the Transportation Security Administration’s new app: the “Randomizer.”

The TSA is testing a new app to randomly decide which airline passengers don’t need to remove their jackets, shoes, and belts, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Traditionally, only pre-screened flyers who joined the TSA’s PreCheck program had access to such fast lanes. With the Randomizer app, some passengers who have not been pre-screened will also experience that luxury.

This development is a direct reaction to the inconveniences caused by the beloved federal agency’s post 9-11 screening requirements. While pre-screening is on the rise, a majority of passengers are not yet signed up for PreCheck.

According to a statement on the TSA’s official site:

TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.

While this system could greatly cut down airport screening times, the TSA is simultaneously experimenting with the use of explosive-detecting canines, behavior-detection officers, and hand swabs. Nothing gold can stay.

This article originally appeared on VentureBeat.

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