Tiered Airport Security System

Given that current TSA procedures treat every airline passenger as a potential terrorist, it makes good sense to move towards a tiered risk system. Granted, I have nothing to complain about being a middle class white male that is thus treated appropriately, but my outrage is for everyone else that is abused by a faulty system.

While the proposals are in the early stages, they represent a growing consensus around a concept that has the support of John S. Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration: divide travelers into three groups — trusted, regular or risky — and apply different screening techniques based on what is known about the passengers.

“Today we have T.S.A. agents looking at TV screens, but they don’t know anything about the person going through the system,” said Steve Lott, a spokesman for the International Air Transport Association. “The idea is to take data that the government and the airlines are already collecting about passengers and bring it to the checkpoint.”

A crucial part of the group’s “checkpoint of the future” proposal, and similar plans under discussion by other industry organizations, is creating a trusted traveler program that would allow passengers to undergo a background check to gain access to an expedited security lane at the airport.

Might not be the best plan, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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