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.

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