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September 10, 2013

TSA taking some of the hassle out of airport security lines

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WASHINGTON —

Expansion of the program to randomly selected low-risk passengers is in keeping with the goal of TSA Administrator John S. Pistole to redirect his agency's focus toward those who appear to pose the greatest threat.

"It's our philosophy that one shoe size doesn't fit everybody," Salvator said. "When TSA was stood up after 9/11, we treated everybody the same. We're trying to move off that model and use a risk-based approach and the intelligence we have developed over the years."

Although TSA officials acknowledged that passengers chosen at random for the faster line might become motivated to enroll in the Pre-Check program, they said that was not the objective of the plan announced Monday.

The TSA announced last week that it will expand its Pre-Check program to 60 more airports, bringing the total number to 100 and making it available in all major U.S. airports. Pistole said that more than 15 million passengers have passed through the faster checkpoints since the Pre-Check program was launched in 2011.

Passengers accepted in Pre-Check pay $85 for a five-year membership. They receive a "known traveler number" to use when they make air-travel reservations and can enter the number on their airline frequent-flier profiles.

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