In an effort to continue to strengthen security and move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to passenger screening, TSA began implementing a series of risk-based security initiatives in late 2011. Since that time, TSA has continued its expansion of risk-based security efforts by adding new popular programs and expanding existing intelligence and information screening to identify lower risk travelers. The vision of risk-based security is to increase overall aviation system security by focusing on high-risk and unknown passengers while expediting known or trusted travelers.
A key element of this strategy is TSA Pre✓®, an agency initiative that expedites the security screening process at over 120 airports nationwide for low-risk passengers. TSA Pre✓® allows travelers flying on one of 11 participating carriers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag. This program enables TSA to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way, while enhancing the passenger experience at U.S. airports.
In an effort to expand TSA Pre✓® to additional travelers, TSA began the TSA Pr✓e® Application Program in December 2013. This fee-based program allows TSA to extend expedited screening access to travelers who have voluntarily provided basic personal identifiable information, summited to a background check, and been approved by TSA. TSA now has more than 300 application centers nationwide, enabling travelers to easily enroll. On average, nearly 4,000 travelers apply each day for a Known Traveler Number, or KTN. Once successful enrolled, the traveler will utilize this KTN for future bookings on a participating airline.
For more information on U.S. Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveler Programs, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/tt. .
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Michael T. Dougherty
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