United, American and Delta realize that a better security experience leads to happier passengers boarding their planes, and we certainly need all of those we can get.
The TSA has been a mess for years. Reform itself is probably impossible given its current bureaucratic structure, which doesn't punish employees strongly enough for misbehavior and insulates the TSA's leadership from making hard decisions about those who misbehave.
It's not ground-breaking stuff, but at least Congress is addressing security shortfalls at U.S. airports. Travelers should be pleased.
The bill — which is expected to pass the House and Senate — won't make everyone completely happy. But it was necessary, with a little more than a week left before the expiration of the Federal Aviation Administration's operating authority.
The TSA security lanes didn't break over the July 4th weekend in the U.S., although that doesn't the agency's efficiency problems are fixed.
Further automation of checked-bag screening holds promise for security and faster lines if it enables TSA personnel to focus more heavily on behavioral factors.
On the whole, PreCheck appears to be both improving the passenger experience and making the global security situation safer.
The TSA and local law enforcement should of course be communicating more effectively with each other, and there needs to be a unified approach at every U.S. airport for local police units regardless of how busy an airport is.
Some travelers have unrealistic expectations about airport security. With so many people coming or going at airports worldwide, security forces may not be able to stop every attack.
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