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Trouble Selling Fliers On The Fast Airport Security Line Wall Street Journal - Apr 17, 2014 05:51 AM (ET)
Fliers gripe that getting through airport security lines can be too slow.

TSA PreCheck Application Center Opens At DFW
Apr 14, 2014 07:28 AM (ET)

TSA and Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) have announced the opening of an application site for TSA PreCheck, an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on bag.

“We are strong supporters of the TSA’s overall risk-based security system, which we believe results in a higher level of security while addressing the needs of the traveling public,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW. “The opening of the TSA application centers at DFW marks yet another advancement to improve the passenger experience at DFW and we fully support that mission.”

The TSA PreCheck application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to go through a pre-enrollment process online at www.TSA.gov and visit an application center to provide biographic information (e.g. name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints, valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership.

TSA is currently in the process of expanding to more than 300 application centers across the country.

Travelers Can Pay To Avoid Airport Security Checks Tri-City Herald (Wash.) - Apr 10, 2014 05:29 AM (ET)
There's good news for travelers tired of stripping off jackets, belts and shoes to trudge through airport security checkpoints.

Going Through PreCheck Now Can Save You Time Later At Airport Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune - Mar 25, 2014 06:08 AM (ET)
A 15-minute appointment at a nondescript storefront in a Fife strip mall could help you avoid the inconvenience and indignity of the full shoes- coat- and belt-off security screening at the airport.

TSA Halts Testing On Technology To Screen Passengers' Online Data Nextgov.com - Mar 10, 2014 11:20 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration has called off -- for now -- live tests of technology that would expand background checks on airplane passengers to include analyses of their online presences.

TSA: PreCheck Making A Difference At Airport Savannah Morning News - Mar 06, 2014 06:07 AM (ET)
Savannah frequent fliers have embraced the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck initiative that allows for expedited security screening before boarding.

On-Site Enrollment Could Mean Faster Airport Security Checks Deseret News (Utah) - Mar 05, 2014 07:24 AM (ET)
More Utahns will now be able to enroll in a program that could mean less time getting through security at Salt Lake City International Airport.

Salt Lake Airport Opens Faster Security Line Program Salt Lake Tribune - Mar 05, 2014 07:05 AM (ET)
For about a dollar a month, you can almost remember what it was like to fly before 9/11.

Too Many People In Your Airport PreCheck Line? Seattle Times - Mar 04, 2014 07:08 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration’s vaunted new PreCheck system, which offers selected air travelers access to expedited security screening, is hurtling toward its first big test: a crowd of spring break passengers, quickly followed by a crush of inexperienced summer vacationers.

Charleston Airport Passengers Can Now Speed Through Security For A Fee Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier - Feb 26, 2014 10:34 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration and Charleston International Airport officials will talk Wednesday about a new program that allows passengers to breeze through airport security for a fee.

TSA Opens Pre-Check Center For Charleston Airport Travelers WCIV (S.C.) - Feb 26, 2014 06:09 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration opened a new site for its Pre-Check application program for air travelers in Charleston.

TSA Expands PreCheck At Ford Airport
Feb 25, 2014 07:27 AM (ET)

TSA continues to expand its TSA PreCheck operations for travelers flying out of Gerald R. Ford International. The program is now available to airport passengers flying on Delta via Checkpoint A and on Southwest, United and American via Checkpoint B, airport officials said.

The program allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.

TSA also recently launched a TSA PreCheck application program, allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA PreCheck. The TSA PreCheck application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to go through a pre-enrollment process online at www.TSA.gov and visit an application center to provide biographic information, fingerprints, payment and valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation.

TSA currently is in the process of opening more than 300 application centers across the country.

TSA Adds PreCheck Program Application Sites
Feb 20, 2014 06:34 AM (ET)

TSA has opened application sites for its PreCheck program in New Orleans and several other cities in Louisiana.

The agency said it currently is in the process of expanding application sites to more than 300 locations nationwide.

Miami Gains PreCheck Lane For International Flyers
Feb 12, 2014 06:35 AM (ET)

TSA Administrator John Pistole announced that the first-ever dedicated TSA PreCheck lane for passengers connecting from international flights is now in place in Miami International’s North Terminal.

“As the Transportation Security Administration continues to move forward with risk-based intelligence-driven security initiatives, the most impactful initiative continues to be TSA PreCheck,” said Pistole on Tuesday. “Our agency is pleased to roll out this first-of-its-kind TSA PreCheck lane in Miami."

The new TSA PreCheck lane allows selected passengers entering the country to undergo expedited security screening for their connecting flight without removing shoes, belts, jackets, computers or liquids.

Pistole also met with Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio González to discuss the new TSA PreCheck lane and other TSA risk-based security initiatives planned for 2014.

González commented that, “We continue to explore new initiatives with the TSA to further enhance the screening process for all our travelers.”

TSA Opens PreCheck Application Site In Louisville
Feb 06, 2014 07:07 AM (ET)

TSA has opened a TSA PreCheck application site in Louisville at UES Enrollment Center. Local travelers now can go through the pre-enrollment process online at www.TSA.gov, then make an appointment to complete their enrollment at the St. Matthews area application center, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and leave their 3-1-1 liquids in a carry-on bag in select security-checkpoint screening lanes.

Changes At Eastern Iowa Airport Could Lead To Smoother Security Checks Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette - Feb 06, 2014 06:23 AM (ET)
An expedited security screening process is coming to The Eastern Iowa Airport and should mean shorter lines and less waiting at security checkpoints.

TSA Expands Access To Fast Airport Security Check In Anchorage Anchorage Daily News - Feb 05, 2014 05:56 AM (ET)
Federal authorities are expanding access to the speedier security lines at the Ted Stevens International Airport this week.

7 On Your Side Checks Out Te 'TSA Pre-check' Line At The Airport KGO-TV (San Francisco) - Feb 05, 2014 05:54 AM (ET)
Wouldn't you like to breeze through airport security the next time you fly? 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney finds out how you can do it.

Local Airport Signs On For TSA PreCheck Panama City (Fla.) News Herald - Feb 03, 2014 06:34 AM (ET)
A special green checkmark on an airline boarding pass now means expedited security screening for the passenger.

TSA PreCheck Center Opening At Los Angeles Airport Los Angeles Times - Jan 29, 2014 09:53 AM (ET)
Los Angeles International Airport will soon be home to a center where travelers can sign up to get access to faster security screening lines.

Expedited Screening At Airport Open To Applications Norfolk (Neb.) Daily News - Jan 27, 2014 09:28 AM (ET)
Travelers can now apply to be eligible for the Transportation Security Administration's expedited airport screening program in Omaha.

TSA Opens Application Site At Nashville Airport
Jan 17, 2014 08:35 AM (ET)

TSA has opened an application site at Nashville International Airport (BNA) for TSA PreCheck, an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on bag. TSA is currently in the process of expanding to more than 300 application centers across the country.

“This new application process will greatly increase the availability of TSA PreCheck benefits to a broader population of travelers nationwide,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole. “TSA PreCheck is enabling us to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, as we look for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way.”

Approved travelers have the opportunity to utilize TSA PreCheck lanes at security checkpoints at more than100 participating airports and on nine major U.S. airlines: Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways and Virgin America.

TSA said it continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.

Ga. Airport Launches Expedited Security Program AP - Jan 16, 2014 06:57 PM (ET)
Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport is now home to the first expedited security screening system in the Southeast.

TSA Pre-Check Program Now Available At Valley International Airport Brownsville (Texas) Herald - Jan 09, 2014 06:31 AM (ET)
Airline passengers now can bypass the belt- and shoe-removal security check at Valley International Airport, which is now honoring the TSA Pre-Check program.

New Hanover Airport Authority Gets Good News At Meeting Wilmington (N.C.) Star News - Jan 09, 2014 06:30 AM (ET)
Members of the New Hanover County Airport Authority were told of two big developments Wednesday night – they'll be saving money this year and being a pre-check airport has become easier.

TSA Creates Security Cartoon For Kids, Adds New Airports To PreCheck Los Angeles Times - Jan 07, 2014 06:23 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration had a busy end to 2013, offering a video for kids, expanding iPreCheck, its expedited security program, and opening new places to complete applications for that program.

TSA Cites Success Of PreCheck Program
Jan 03, 2014 09:28 PM (ET)

In its published year-end review, TSA said that one of the most significant steps the agency took in 2013 was the expansion of PreCheck, its risk-based screening program, which now includes nine airlines and 113 airports.

Since the launch of PreCheck in 2011, more than 30 million passengers have been screened through the program, TSA said.

The agency also noted that in December 2013, TSA launched its first PreCheck Application Center, which has expanded the expedited screening program to a larger population of travelers. There are currently 11 PreCheck application centers, and the agency said it will open more centers nationwide in 2014.

Palm Springs International Airport Implements Pre-Check Program Palm Springs (Calif.) Desert Sun - Dec 23, 2013 06:46 AM (ET)
As they embarked on their journey to Oregon to spend time with family, Dee Hansen and her fluffy white dog Bailey were practically scampering through the security checkpoint last week at Palm Springs International Airport.

Service Members Eligible For Fast Lane At Airport Security Virginian-Pilot - Dec 20, 2013 06:34 AM (ET)
It was the least they could do for our armed forces, a Transportation Security Administration official said.

TSA PreCheck Expands To Members Of The Military
Dec 19, 2013 08:51 PM (ET)

TSA Friday officially extends TSA PreCheck expedited screening benefits to all U.S. Armed Forces service members. Service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, will be able to enjoy the benefits of this expedited screening program at more than 100 participating airports when flying on nine major U.S. airlines.

If a service member has entered their Department of Defense (DoD) identification number correctly in a flight reservation, they will be permitted access to TSA PreCheck lanes. The expedited screening will allow service members to keep their footwear on, as well as light outerwear, laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry on in select screening lanes. More than 30 million passengers have experienced TSA PreCheck since it launched in October 2011.

DoD has worked closely with service members worldwide to inform them of the process of updating current and/or future reservations along with their airline profiles to include their DoD identification number. That ID number will be used as their Known Traveler Number, and enables TSA to expand the program to all airports offering TSA PreCheck.

TSA Opens Enrollment Centers For Expedited Airport Security Program Washington Post - Dec 16, 2013 10:23 AM (ET)
A program intended to zip you through airport security lines will expand in the Washington area Monday as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) opens three enrollment centers.

Travelers Happy With New PreCheck Lane Introduced At Bozeman Airport KBZK (Mont.) - Dec 11, 2013 06:38 AM (ET)
Perhaps this holiday season you might be able to shorten your wait in that security line at Bozeman's Airport.

TSA's PreCheck Program Speeds Airport Screening MyFox Austin - Dec 11, 2013 06:32 AM (ET)
You lug in your bags, print your boarding pass and get in line.

Avoiding Those Airport Lines -- At Least Some Of The Time Chicago Tribune - Dec 10, 2013 06:26 AM (ET)
Airport Security. The TSA has opened up enrollment in its "Precheck" DHS Trusted Traveler program to anyone who wants to join -- and pay the $85 fee for five years participation.

TSA Plans Push To Reduce Airport Lines, Opening Enrollment For PreCheck Washington Post - Dec 06, 2013 06:58 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration merrily tweeted photos of short lines at airport security checkpoints over the heavily traveled Thanksgiving weekend, and now it plans to make a key reason for those shorter lines more readily available.

TSA To Open Pre-Check Center At Indianapolis
Dec 03, 2013 07:20 PM (ET)

TSA announced that, effective Dec. 4, U.S. citizens can apply for TSA’s PreCheck program at Indianapolis International at the first TSA-operated enrollment center.

As application centers open across the country, this new process will allow all U.S. travelers the ability to apply directly to TSA’s expedited screening program. TSA also introduced the online pre-enrollment program at www.TSA.gov.

The TSA PreCheck application process allows U.S. citizens to go through a pre-enrollment process online and visit an application center to provide biographic information (e.g. name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints, payment and valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation. All TSA PreCheck program applicants must visit an application center in-person to verify their identity and citizenship/immigration status as well as to provide fingerprints.

Starting Wednesday, travelers in the Indianapolis area will be able to apply and complete their background interview at the application center at Indianapolis International. By the end of the year, TSA said it expects to open application centers in the New York City area, the Washington, D.C., metro area and the Los Angeles area. TSA ultimately plans to expand to more than 300 application centers across the country.

TSA's PreCheck Program Expands With More Airports, Airlines Washington Post - Nov 25, 2013 07:04 AM (ET)
Susan Rudisill was approaching the west-side checkpoint at Washington Dulles when an airport official stopped her and directed her to a different security area, where she would receive new instructions.

TSA PreCheck Begins At Akron-Canton Airport
Nov 22, 2013 10:35 PM (ET)

TSA has expanded its TSA PreCheck operations to Akron-Canton Airport. Passengers traveling on Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways may now receive expedited screening benefits at the TSA security checkpoint.

TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.

TSA PreCheck Expanded To JetBlue Customers
Nov 21, 2013 08:45 PM (ET)

TSA PreCheck has been expanded to include eligible customers of JetBlue Airways who utilize the airline’s mobile appz. The announcement makes a total of nine domestic carriers, including Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, United, US Airways and Virgin America.

In order to use TSA PreCheck, JetBlue customers must utilize their mobile app boarding pass at the security checkpoint. JetBlue will expand its participation in TSA PreCheck to include paper boarding passes (printed at home, from the check-in desk or from the kiosk in the departure lobby) by 2014.

If a JetBlue passenger is eligible for expedited screening, a TSA PreCheck indicator will be embedded in the barcode of their mobile app boarding pass so that when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA PreCheck lane. JetBlue said it also will place a TSA will indicator directly on the mobile app boarding pass so passengers will know in advance that they have been cleared for expedited screening.

JetBlue Joins Airport's Expedited Screening Program Fox 5 San Diego - Nov 21, 2013 04:15 PM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday that JetBlue has joined its expedited airport screening program – which now covers almost all the major airlines covering San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.

D.M. Airport Offers Faster Screening For Military Members Des Moines (Iowa) Register - Nov 18, 2013 05:55 AM (ET)
Thousands of military service men and women, including Iowa National Guard and Reserve members, will soon get speedier security screening when passing through the Des Moines airport.

Faster, Easier Airport Security San Francisco Chronicle - Nov 15, 2013 07:50 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced the expansion of TSA PreCheck to Southwest Airlines, a major player at all three Bay Area Airports.

TSA Expands PreCheck Program
Nov 14, 2013 08:45 PM (ET)

TSA announced the expansion of its PreCheck program to include eligible passengers of Southwest. The announcement makes a total of eight domestic carriers eligible for PreCheck: Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, United, US Airways and Virgin America.

Additionally, U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's NEXUS program qualify to participate. Later this year TSA will launch an application program, allowing more U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enroll in TSA PreCheck.

In related news, TSA and the Defense Department announced a partnership to expand PreCheck expedited screening benefits to all U.S. Armed Forces service members, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard. As a result of the agreement, these individuals will be able to participate in the program at 100 airports across the country, beginning Dec. 20.

Currently, members of the U.S. Armed Forces can utilize TSA PreCheck lanes at 10 domestic airports by presenting their Common Access Card. The new process allows all active duty, U.S. Coast Guard, Reserve and National Guard service members to use their DOD identification number when making reservations. That ID number will be used as the Known Traveler Number. When arriving at the airport, service members will be permitted access to TSA PreCheck lanes for official or leisure travel on participating airlines.

Southwest Air And Midway Airport Set To Launch 'Pre-Check' Chicago Business Journal - Nov 13, 2013 07:35 AM (ET)
Southwest Airlines spokeswoman said the airline will officially join the Transportation Security Administration's "pre-check" program starting tomorrow.

TSA Program Means Faster Lines At Aspen Airport Glenwood Spring (Colo.) Post Independent - Nov 12, 2013 05:41 AM (ET)
Security lines at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport are moving a little faster these days because of the Transportation Security Administration’s loosened-up checkpoint screening procedures.

Southwest Airlines To Get TSA Pre-Check Birmingham (Ala.) Business Journal - Nov 06, 2013 08:00 AM (ET)
There's more good news for travelers looking for a quicker security experience at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

New TSA PreCheck Lane Opens At BWI Airport AP - Nov 06, 2013 07:44 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration has opened a new lane for pre-approved airline passengers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, doubling the number of locations for passengers to use the so-called “PreCheck” lanes.

New TSA Program Gets Security Lane Moving Albany (N.Y.) Times Union - Nov 01, 2013 07:35 AM (ET)
Pre-Check, the expedited security lane program the Transportation Security Administration has been rolling out for the past two years, officially arrived at the Albany International Airport on Thursday to rave reviews from at least one passenger.

Video: Zipping Through Airport Security In Syracuse Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard - Oct 30, 2013 06:35 AM (ET)
What's life like in the airport fast lane? Check out this clip from syracuse.com videographer Stephen D. Cannerelli to see how passengers use the new "Pre-Check' lane at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Want To Leave Your Shoes On At Oklahoma City Airport? The Oklahoman - Oct 28, 2013 07:27 AM (ET)
Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City is the latest to receive TSA Pre-Check, an expedited security lane that allows travelers to leave on jackets, shoes and belts, and avoid removing laptops and liquids from carry-ons.

TSA PreCheck Screening Arrives at Boise Airport
Oct 25, 2013 10:12 PM (ET)

TSA has implemented TSA PreCheck expedited screening at Boise Airport.

TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. To date, more than 15 million passengers have experienced TSA PreCheck since it launched in October 2011.

Passengers who are eligible for the TSA PreCheck program include U.S. citizens of frequent flyer programs invited by the airlines, members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP’s NEXUS program.

Currently, eligible TSA PreCheck passengers must be traveling on participating airlines, which include Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United, US Airways and Virgin America. TSA notes that JetBlue and Southwest are expected to participate in TSA PreCheck in the near future.

New Airport Procedures Relieve Headaches For Maine's Frequent Flyers Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Oct 25, 2013 07:23 AM (ET)
Frequent flyers out there: Are you getting sick of having to take off your shoes, coat and belt every time you go through airport screening?

Norfolk International Airport To Offer Expedited Screening For Some Passengers Newport News (Va.) Daily Press - Oct 25, 2013 07:22 AM (ET)
Some passengers at Norfolk International Airport could move through security checkpoints faster now that the Transportation Security Administration has introduced an expedited screening process at the airport.

Expedited Screening Begins At Portland Airport AP - Oct 24, 2013 07:31 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration has launched a new program at Maine's Portland International Jetport that allows pre-approved travelers to pass through screening checkpoints more quickly.

Faster PreCheck Security Opens At Tulsa International Airport Tulsa (Okla.) World - Oct 24, 2013 07:12 AM (ET)
Todd Bee walked straight through the security line at Tulsa International Airport on Wednesday without taking off his shoes or jacket. He even kept his laptop in his bag.

TSA Unveils Expedited Screening Program At Mitchell International Airport Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Oct 23, 2013 07:21 AM (ET)
Tom De Ridder walked through a security checkpoint at Mitchell International Airport on Tuesday morning and his polished black cowboy boots never left his feet.

Mitchell International Airport Begins Expedited Security Process Newsradio 620 - Oct 22, 2013 10:42 AM (ET)
Security changes are coming to Mitchell International Airport that could speed things up the next time you travel.

Toledo Express Airport To Use TSA Pre-Check Toledo (Ohio) News Now - Oct 18, 2013 07:34 AM (ET)
The Toledo Express Airport will now be part of the TSA's Pre-Check. Passengers who choose to participate in the program will no longer have to remove their shoes, jackets, or belts.

Extra Airport Security Lane Reserved For Low-Risk Fliers Maui News - Oct 17, 2013 10:49 PM (ET)
Select Hawaiian Airlines interisland passengers at Kahului, Honolulu International and Lihue airports will be allowed through security without taking off their shoes or taking out their computers in a new Transportation Security Administration program, the airline announced Wednesday.

Pre-Check Opens A Fast Lane Through Syracuse Airport Security Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard - Oct 11, 2013 07:18 AM (ET)
Frequent air travelers started zipping through a dedicated security lane today at Syracuse Hancock International Airport, thanks to the new "Pre-Check' program implemented by the Transportation Security Administration.

Norfolk Airport Will Offer Quicker Security Lines Virginian-Pilot - Sep 16, 2013 07:24 AM (ET)
The routine has become part of flying since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: Shoes off. Undo that belt. Out with the laptop, sir.

TSA PreCheck Enrollment: Fly By The Airport Security Line Washington Times - Sep 11, 2013 07:19 AM (ET)
This could be you. You have left plenty of time to get to the airport but between traffic, distractions, detours, your time margin is gone and now you are fighting for minutes to get to the gate.

The TSA's Latest Move To Make Airport Security Less Annoying Business Week - Sep 11, 2013 06:57 AM (ET)
Starting next month, you may be able to get through airport security a bit faster—and with less disrobing.

TSA To Use Secure Flight For PreCheck Eligibility
Sep 10, 2013 09:49 PM (ET)

TSA said this week it will use its Secure Flight system, in addition to the agency's risk-based approach to aviation security and continuing efforts to increase the number of travelers receiving expedited screening, to identify travelers who may be eligible for expedited screening at airports where TSA PreCheck lanes are located. The process will use information already collected and provided to TSA by the airlines. Starting later this fall, travelers may receive random TSA PreCheck expedited screening on a flight-by-flight basis and without requiring travelers to enroll in a DHS Trusted Traveler program.

TSA PreCheck allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. More than 15 million passengers have enrolled in TSA PreCheck since it launched in October 2011.

Growing Pains For PreCheck Airport Security Program New York Times - Sep 10, 2013 07:43 AM (ET)
The pianist Emanuel Ax was headed to Kentucky the other day to perform Dvorak, Mozart and Beethoven with the Louisville Orchestra. But he wasn’t expecting a song and dance from an airline agent.

TSA Taking Some Of The Hassle Out Of Airport Security Lines Washington Post - Sep 10, 2013 06:01 AM (ET)
More than a quarter of U.S. fliers can expect speedier passage through airport checkpoints — shoes and coats on, laptop computers untouched — by year’s end under a program announced Monday by the Transportation Security Administration.

Spokane Airport To Offer Quicker Passenger Screening Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review - Sep 09, 2013 06:51 AM (ET)
Spokane International Airport is among 60 airports around the country that will offer an expedited passenger screening process for pre-approved travelers.

McGhee Tyson Airport Speeding Up Security Screening With New Program WATE (Knoxville, Tenn.) - Sep 06, 2013 08:08 AM (ET)
Time is money, so how much are you willing to spend to cut the wait in airport security lines?

Palm Beach Airport To Get Fast-Track Passenger Screening Program Palm Beach (Fla.) Post - Sep 06, 2013 08:07 AM (ET)
Airline passengers traveling from Palm Beach International Airport — and willing to pay a one-time $85 fee — may soon be able to keep their shoes and belts on, leave laptop computers in their cases and keep liquids and gels in their carry-on bags while going through security.

Savannah Airport To Get Expedited Screening Savannah (Ga.) Morning News - Sep 06, 2013 07:39 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration announced this week it will expand its expedited security screening program to 60 new airports — including Savannah’s — by the end of the year.

Akron, Columbus, Dayton Airports In Line For Speedier Airport Security Lanes Cleveland Plain Dealer - Sep 06, 2013 07:29 AM (ET)
Airports in Akron, Columbus and Dayton will soon allow trusted travelers and frequent fliers to clear security without taking off their shoes and belts, or having to pull laptops from cases and baggies of liquid items from carry-ons.

Manchester Airport Selected For Rapid Screening AP - Sep 06, 2013 07:28 AM (ET)
Some travelers through New Hampshire’s Manchester-Boston Regional Airport soon will be able to keep their shoes on while going through security.

Mitchell International Airport To Offer Expedited Security Process Today's TMJ4 (Wis.) - Sep 06, 2013 06:26 AM (ET)
If you're in a rush at Mitchell International Airport, a new service may get you to the terminal on time.

Portland Airport Chosen For Expedited Screening AP - Sep 05, 2013 10:02 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration is bringing a new program to Maine's Portland International Jetport that allows pre-approved travelers to pass through screening checkpoints more quickly.

Midway Airport To Get Speedier Security Screening By Year's End Chicago Tribune - Sep 05, 2013 10:00 AM (ET)
Travelers at Midway Airport will have the option to participate in a speedier and less hassling security screening process by the end of the year, the Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday.

Expedited TSA Screening Coming To Myrtle Beach International Airport Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Sun News - Sep 05, 2013 06:52 AM (ET)
Some passengers at Myrtle Beach International Airport will soon move through the line quicker with the expansion of the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program.

Kona Airport Added To TSA's PreCheck Program Big Island Now - Sep 05, 2013 06:49 AM (ET)
The Transporation Security Administration has expanded its PreCheck Program to include Kona International Airport and the Kahului, Maui and Lihue, Kauai airports.

Faster Screening Coming To Armstrong International Airport Fox 8 (New Orleans) - Sep 05, 2013 06:48 AM (ET)
Travelers could soon be able to keep their shoes on while going through security at more airports around the country, including Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Expedited Screening Lane Coming To Reno Airport Reno Gazette Journal - Sep 05, 2013 06:38 AM (ET)
Reno-Tahoe International Airport is in line to have the federal Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening system for pre-approved travelers in place by the holidays.

PTI Airport Travelers Will Have Access To Expedited Screening Fox8 (N.C.) - Sep 05, 2013 06:37 AM (ET)
Passengers flying out of Piedmont Triad International Airport will have access to an expedited screening program by the end of the year, the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday.

Want To Bypass Long Ford Airport Lines? Feds Rolling Out 'PreCheck' This Year Mlive.com (Mich.) - Sep 05, 2013 06:36 AM (ET)
Some West Michigan fliers soon will have the chance to bypass long security checkpoint lines at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Factbox: Airports Where U.S. Travelers Can Get Expedited Screening Reuters - Sep 05, 2013 06:31 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to expand its expedited passenger screening program to 60 more U.S. airports this year, allowing tens of millions of travelers to keep their shoes and belts on at airport security checkpoints.

TSA Adds 60 Airports To PreCheck Program
Sep 04, 2013 09:06 PM (ET)

TSA Wednesday announced that it will expand its TSA expedited screening program to 60 new airports in addition to the existing 40, bringing the total number of airports with TSA PreCheck to 100. These airports are expected to have TSA PreCheck lanes at select checkpoints by the end of the year.

The agency also said it will expand the number of TSA PreCheck lanes and availability at the existing 40 airports in the coming weeks.

TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. To date, more than 15 million passengers have experienced TSA PreCheck since it launched in October 2011.

For a list of airports in the PreCheck program, visit http://www.tsa.gov/press/releases/2013/09/04/tsa-precheck-expands-60-additional-airports.

Midway Airport Downgrades TSA Setup For Elite Passengers Chicago Business Journal - Aug 27, 2013 06:54 AM (ET)
Premium cabin and elite frequent flyers had it good for a while at Chicago's Midway Airport.

Pittsburgh International Airport To Interview Travelers For Expedited Screening Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Aug 14, 2013 06:58 AM (ET)
For the first time, travelers interested in joining an expedited screening program that would allow them to bypass customs inspection lines when returning from overseas will have a chance to interview for the right at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Fast Airport Screening Is In Store For More New York Times - Jul 30, 2013 06:25 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration is rushing to greatly expand its popular PreCheck program, with the goal of having 25 percent of all air travelers eligible for a fast-pass through airport checkpoints by the end of the year — and 50 percent by the end of 2014.

Pay To Speed Through Airport Security? Your Say USA Today - Jul 26, 2013 07:03 AM (ET)
People will not be going through airport security faster if more people have PreCheck. Then no one will be in the regular line.

You Can Skip Lines At The Airport If You Pay The TSA $85 Daily Caller - Jul 24, 2013 06:53 AM (ET)
A new program implemented by the Transportation Security Administration will allow all passengers to apply for expedited screening checks so they can board planes more efficiently.

Indy Airport To Offer Applications For Expedited Security Screening Indianapolis Business Journal - Jul 22, 2013 07:44 AM (ET)

TSA PreCheck Screens More Than 10 Million Travelers
May 23, 2013 07:08 AM (ET)

TSA announced it has screened more than 10 million travelers through TSA PreCheck lanes. TSA PreCheck expedited screening allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts, keep their laptops in their cases, and one 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in their carry-on.

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs on participating airlines and current members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. Additionally, Canadian citizens who are NEXUS members are also eligible for TSA PreCheck on flights within or departing from the United States. Individuals interested in joining a CBP Trusted Traveler program can learn more by visiting www.cbp.gov.

TSA recently announced that TSA PreCheck participants are eligible for expedited screening benefits on select international travel itineraries.

In addition, U.S. military active duty members traveling through nine airport locations — Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Charlotte Douglas International, Denver International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Honolulu International, Lambert-St. Louis International, Washington Dulles International, Ronald Reagan Washington National and Seattle-Tacoma International airports — are eligible to experience TSA PreCheck.

TSA Pre-Check Now Speeds International Travelers Through Airport Security Forbes - May 22, 2013 06:40 AM (ET)
About the best news – OK, about the only good news – for air travelers in the last few years has been TSA Pre-Check, which allows passengers to speed through security at dozens of U.S. airports without removing shoes, laptop bags and light outerwear. Domestic travelers love it, but international travelers were stuck in the slow lane.

International Flights May Qualify For PreCheck
May 07, 2013 09:26 PM (ET)

Eligible passengers now have access to TSA PreCheck for select international itineraries.

TSA PreCheck allows certain passengers traveling from select airports to receive screening benefits that could include no longer removing their shoes, belt, jackets or other light outerwear. Travelers also may be able to leave laptops and 3-1-1 compliant bags in their carry-ons.

United To Notify Travelers Of PreCheck Status
May 06, 2013 07:05 AM (ET)

United announced that it is providing advance notice to customers who are selected for TSA’s PreCheck prescreening program.

Eligible United customers will begin to see the TSA PreCheck indicator on mobile boarding passes, boarding passes printed at home or from the kiosks at some airports, allowing customers to effectively route themselves to available TSA PreCheck lanes, the carrier said.

United participates in TSA PreCheck at all eight of the company’s domestic hubs and at a total of 29 airports.

New Trusted Traveler Lane To Open At Atlanta Airport North Security Checkpoint Atlanta Journal-Constitution - May 03, 2013 07:24 AM (ET)
A new “trusted traveler” lane will open Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s domestic terminal north security checkpoint, adding another path for qualified frequent travelers to take for expedited security.

AAAE Security Committee Vice Chair Chris Browne Testifies On Risk Based Security
Apr 11, 2013 09:27 PM (ET)

Chris Browne, airport manager at Washington Dulles International Airport and vice-chair of the AAAE Transportation Security Services Committee, testified Thursday on behalf of AAAE before the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security during a hearing aimed at addressing the TSA’s efforts to advance risk-based security (RBS). The majority of the hearing focused on TSA's PreCheck program.

In his testimony, Browne told lawmakers that airport executives are enthusiastic supporters of the PreCheck program and "are eager to play a more active role in the days ahead to significantly grow enrollment in PreCheck." Browne told subcommittee members that, "The steps that TSA has taken to this point through its largely airline-centric approach to facilitate participation from a limited pool of elite fliers and with Global Entry participants have provided a good start, but the agency must greatly accelerate enrollment in the program to gain widespread participation."

Browne also argued for expanded participation in the PreCheck program, stating, "Absent a robust, critical mass of participants, the program will ultimately fail to fully achieve its objectives of enhanced security and efficiency."

AAAE Airport Legislative Alliance members may view the full hearing report online at: http://www.aaae.org/federal_affairs/airport_legislative_alliance/hearing_reports/.

TSA Begins PreCheck At Additional Airports
Mar 28, 2013 10:31 PM (ET)

TSA announced that TSA PreCheck is now available to eligible passengers atMemphis International, Nashville International and Raleigh-Durham International airports.

Under TSA PreCheck, passengers traveling domestically from the airports who are select American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate.

TSA PreCheck is a risk-based pre-screening initiative that allows customers to volunteer information about themselves that may make them eligible to expedite their screening experience.

Memphis Airport Offers Faster Screening For Frequent Fliers Memphis Commerical Appeal - Mar 28, 2013 02:30 PM (ET)
TSA's PreCheck program rolls out expedited screening for certain frequent fliers and trusted travelers at Memphis International Airport.

TSA Begins PreCheck With United At Cleveland
Mar 27, 2013 08:50 AM (ET)

United announced the launch of TSA’s PreCheck program for its customers at Cleveland Hopkins International’s main terminal. TSA PreCheck last week also opened for United customers in Austin, Texas.

TSA PreCheck is a risk-based pre-screening initiative that allows customers to volunteer information about themselves that may make them eligible to expedite their screening experience.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Begins TSA Expedited Security-Screening Program Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mar 27, 2013 07:30 AM (ET)
Getting through security lines at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport just became easier for some passengers.

TSA PreCheck Begins At Austin-Bergstrom
Mar 19, 2013 08:24 PM (ET)

TSA’s PreCheck program, which allows qualified passengers to undergo an expedited security screening process, began March 19 at Austin-Bergstrom International. The screening line is at Checkpoint 2, near American Airlines’ ticketing area.

By the end of March, PreCheck will be available in 40 airports nationwide for frequent flyers on United, American, Delta, US Airways and Alaska Airlines, as well for CBP Global Entry participants, TSA said.

US DHS To Expand Expedited Screening Programs Air Transport World - Mar 07, 2013 06:38 AM (ET)
The US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), the agency that oversees the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), expects one in four passengers to qualify for expedited screening by the end of 2013, up from one in 12 last year.

TSA Announces New PreCheck Locations
Feb 21, 2013 04:40 PM (ET)

TSA Thursday announced the next five airports that will begin PreCheck operations in the coming months. By April 1, 2013, eligible passengers flying on participating airlines out of Austin-Bergstrom International, Cleveland Hopkins International, Memphis International, Nashville International and Raleigh-Durham International airports may receive expedited screening through TSA PreCheck.

Select passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, United and US Airways are eligible to participate in expedited screening at available locations. To date, more than 6.5 million passengers have used TSA PreCheck, which allows passengers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.

Nashville International Airport To Participate In TSA Pre Check Nashville Post - Feb 21, 2013 03:26 PM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration today announced five additional airports — including Nashville International (BNA) — will participate in TSA Pre Check, bringing the number of airports participating in the expedited screening process program to 40.

Bob Hope Airport Opens Speedier Lane For Frequent Travelers Burbank (Calif.) Leader - Feb 20, 2013 07:40 AM (ET)
Frequent fliers traveling through Bob Hope Airport can now expect an even quicker passage to their gates during certain times of the day.

TSA Seeks To Significantly Expand Pre-Check Screening Program Air Transport World - Jan 18, 2013 12:49 AM (ET)
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants to expand the Pre-Check expedited screening program to include a wider range of passengers.

U.S-Saudi 'Trusted Traveler' Deal To Accelerate Airport Screening Al Arabiya News - Jan 18, 2013 12:43 AM (ET)
Saudi Arabia and the United States have signed a “Trusted Traveler” agreement to facilitate and accelerate the trusted passenger screening on the principle of reciprocity in both Saudi and U.S. airports.

Editorial: Airport Security Gets Sensible Update Tampa Bay Times - Jan 11, 2013 07:44 AM (ET)
For more than a decade since the horror of Sept. 11, commerical air travel in America has meant passengers — young to old — must endure an onerous, and sometimes far too personal, encounter with the Transportation Security Administration.

TSA PreCheck Available At John Wayne Airport
Dec 19, 2012 09:47 PM (ET)

TSA PreCheck program is now available to eligible passengers at John Wayne Airport. Under TSA PreCheck, U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. The TSA PreCheck lane is located in Terminal A at John Wayne Airport.

“JWA is fortunate to have a number of partners who share our commitment to providing great customer service, and we consider TSA one of those partners,” said Airport Director Alan Murphy. “Together, we work hard to make sure JWA passengers have a positive experience - TSA PreCheck will make that experience even more smooth and efficient.”

TSA Opens Fast Lane For Prescreened Passengers At Anchorage Airport Anchorage Daily News - Dec 05, 2012 07:41 AM (ET)
Federal authorities opened up a new security line at the airport Tuesday, this one designed for rapid passage for prescreened passengers with a secret code embedded in their boarding passes.

TSA Defends Pre Check Program Procedures Government Security News - Nov 30, 2012 03:48 PM (ET)
A blog post on the Huffington Post news site questioning The Transportation Security Administration’s handling of its Pre Check passenger pre-approval program drew a strong response from the agency on Nov. 28.

TSA Expands Availability Of PreCheck Program
Nov 20, 2012 09:22 PM (ET)

TSA’s PreCheck program has opened for United passengers at San Francisco International’s Terminal 3, at Baltimore-Washington International’s main terminal checkpoint D and at San Juan-Luis Munoz Marin (Puerto Rico) International’s main terminal checkpoint 4.

PreCheck is a risk-based pre-screening initiative that allows customers to volunteer information about themselves that may make them eligible to expedite their screening experience.

TSA Expands PreCheck To John Wayne Airport
Nov 15, 2012 11:55 AM (ET)

TSA announced its plans to expand the successful TSA PreCheck program to passengers at John Wayne Airport (Calif.) beginning this December. TSA PreCheck is part of the agency’s larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less.

Under TSA PreCheck, U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent fliers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. Benefits include being able to leave shoes, light outerwear and belts on, keeping laptops in cases and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in a carry-on bag.

A temporary “Pop-Up” Information Center, located near the security screening checkpoint in Terminal A, will allow travelers to learn about how to participate in TSA PreCheck. Membership in a CBP Trusted Traveler program will make an individual eligible for TSA PreCheck.

TSA Launches PreCheck At Honolulu Airport
Oct 24, 2012 07:18 AM (ET)

TSA has initiated TSA PreCheck operations at Honolulu International Airport. Under the program, U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. The TSA PreCheck lane is located at Checkpoint 3.

TSA PreCheck is part of the agency’s larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than 3.5 million passengers have experienced TSA PreCheck. The program is now available in 29 airports for Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent travelers.

“We are pleased that multiple air carriers are participating in TSA PreCheck operations here in Honolulu as we make the screening experience more efficient for passengers,” said Federal Security Director of Honolulu International Airport, Stanford Miyamoto. “TSA is committed to providing the most effective security possible as we move away from the one-size fits all security approach.”

TSA Expands PreCheck To Pittsburgh International
Oct 23, 2012 06:21 PM (ET)

TSA recently announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Pittsburgh International. Under TSA PreCheck, U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. The TSA PreCheck lane at is located at the main terminal.

Trusted Traveler Program Coming To Fort Lauderdale Airport South Florida Sun-Sentinel - Oct 12, 2012 04:32 PM (ET)
A holiday gift for some frequent fliers: TheTransportation Security Administration in mid-December plans to start up its trusted traveler program at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

TSA Expands PreCheck To Canada's NEXUS Members
Oct 04, 2012 09:15 PM (ET)

TSA announced the inclusion of Canadian NEXUS members in TSA PreCheck as part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan. Beginning Nov. 15, 2012, Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the U.S. who are members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) NEXUS program are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening at participating U.S. airports.

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens flying on participating airlines and Canadian and U.S. citizens who participate in NEXUS, as well as individuals who are members of CBP's other Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry and SENTRI.

Speedy Airport Security: Should You Apply? New York Times - Oct 04, 2012 10:15 AM (ET)
Who hasn’t stood in an airport security line shoeless, beltless, clutching a Ziploc bag and inching grimly toward a full body scanner?

TSA Implements 'Precheck' Program At Denver International Airport Denver Post - Oct 02, 2012 05:36 PM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Tuesday that it has expanded its "precheck" program, offering expedited security perks, to qualified passengers at Denver International Airport.

TSA PreCheck Hits 3 Million Mark
Sep 26, 2012 09:51 AM (ET)

TSA announced it has screened more than 3 million travelers through TSA PreCheck lanes. TSA PreCheck is currently available in 26 airports and operational with five airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, United and US Airways.

TSA PreCheck is part of the agency’s larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less. Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs on participating airlines and current members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS.

"We are pleased that traveler participation in TSA PreCheck continues to grow as we work towards our goal of reaching 35 airports by the end of this year." said TSA Associate Administrator Doug Hofsass. "We anticipate that TSA PreCheck will screen a total of about 5 million passengers by the end of 2012, a key milestone as TSA strives to implement a more risk-based approach to security and facilitate the process for those travelers deemed low-risk."

TSA Expands Availability Of PreCheck Program
Sep 25, 2012 09:33 PM (ET)

TSA announced the launch of its PreCheck program at Washington Dulles International for passengers traveling domestically who are select frequent travelers of American, Delta, United and US Airways or are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs.

The PreCheck lane at Dulles is is located in the center of the departures level of the main terminal.

The agency also announced that active duty service members in the U.S. Armed Forces are now eligible to participate in the agency’s PreCheck program at Dulles International and Charlotte Douglas International airports.

Service personnel can present their Common Access Cards to a TSA officer in front of the PreCheck lane, where it will be scanned to determine if they qualify for expedited screening. Eligible service members do not need to be in uniform to be considered for PreCheck, TSA said. Passengers at Dulles will use the designated checkpoint located in the center of the departures level of the main terminal. Passengers at Charlotte will use Checkpoint B.

As Airport Security 'Precheck' Plans Grow, Lines Could Shrink USA Today - Sep 21, 2012 02:02 PM (ET)
More fliers will soon find relief from the hassles at airport security lines.

TSA Expands PreCheck To Newark Airport
Sep 19, 2012 09:39 PM (ET)

TSA Wednesday announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Newark-Liberty International. Under TSA PreCheck U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. The TSA PreCheck lane is located in Terminal C.

To date, more than 2.7 million passengers have experienced TSA PreCheck. The program is now available in 25 airports for Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent travelers.

TSA Expands PreCheck Program
Sep 13, 2012 10:11 PM (ET)

TSA Thursday announced the expansion of TSA PreCheck operations at Logan International. Under TSA PreCheck, U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select American Airlines frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits at the American checkpoint at Logan's Terminal B.

TSA PreCheck has been available to select Delta frequent travelers and members of CBP's Trusted Traveler programs since June in Terminal A at Logan.

Separately, TSA also announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Philadelphia International. Under TSA PreCheck U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select US Airways frequent travelers or members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. The TSA PreCheck line is located at Terminal B and C at Checkpoint C.

Some Philadelphia Airport Passengers Will Be Eligible For Quicker Security Screening Philadelphia Inquirer - Sep 12, 2012 07:04 AM (ET)
Select passengers traveling from Philadelphia International Airport will get to keep their shoes and belts on and laptops in their carry-ons when they go through security, beginning immediately.

Faster Screening Process To Debut At Newark Airport This Month Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger - Sep 06, 2012 09:19 PM (ET)
Starting later this month, qualified passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport may keep their shoes and belts on and leave laptops in their cases when going through security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration said today.

TSA Launches PreCheck At Cincinnati Airport
Sep 05, 2012 10:53 PM (ET)

TSA announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Under TSA PreCheck, U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent flyers or members of U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. The TSA PreCheck line is located at the Main Terminal.

TSA Launches PreCheck At Cincinnati Airport
Sep 05, 2012 10:53 PM (ET)

TSA announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Under TSA PreCheck, U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent flyers or members of U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits. The TSA PreCheck line is located at the Main Terminal.

TSA Launches PreCheck At Phoenix Sky Harbor
Aug 28, 2012 08:38 PM (ET)

TSA on Tuesday announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International.

Under PreCheck, U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select US Airways frequent flyers or members of U.S Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs now are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening. The PreCheck line is located at the Terminal 4A security checkpoint at Sky Harbor.

TSA Pre-Screening Coming To CVG Airport In September Kentucky Post - Aug 16, 2012 07:34 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its pre-screening program, bringing the check to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport next month.

TSA Expands PreCheck To Indianapolis International
Aug 07, 2012 08:45 PM (ET)

TSA on Tuesday announced the start of its PreCheck operations at Indianapolis International. The prescreening program is now available in 21 airports for certain passengers.

At Indianapolis International, select American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent flyers and members of U.S Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically. The PreCheck line is located at the A Concourse security checkpoint.

The agency said that more than 2 million passengers have experienced PreCheck so far.

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through PreCheck, information is imbedded in the barcode of the passenger's boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the designated checkpoint and the passenger may be referred to the PreCheck lane where he/she will undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave shoes, light outerwear and belt on, allowing them to keep a laptop in its case and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.

TSA has expanded PreCheck benefits to U.S. military active duty members traveling through Reagan Washington National and Seattle-Tacoma International airports.

TSA Screens 2 Million Passengers Through PreCheck
Aug 01, 2012 08:55 AM (ET)

TSA announced that it has screened more than 2 million travelers through the PreCheck, the agency’s prescreening initiative.

PreCheck currently is available for U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs and select frequent travelers of participating airlines at many of the busiest airports across the country.

“As TSA PreCheck continues to expand to additional airports and passenger populations, we are seeing exponential growth in participation,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole. “We are on track to bring TSA PreCheck to 35 airports by the end of 2012 and even more next year.”

The program is available at 19 airports and operational with five airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, United and US Airways.

TSA Expands PreCheck At Chicago O'Hare
Aug 01, 2012 08:53 AM (ET)

TSA said that it has expanded its PreCheck program at Chicago O’Hare International to US Airways and Delta passengers at Checkpoint 5 in Terminal 2.

TSA’s PreCheck is a pre-screening process for select frequent flyers who, if accepted into the PreCheck program, are able to move through a designated security checkpoint more quickly without having to remove their shoes and light outerwear, or remove laptops from computer bags, for example.

The PreCheck program began at O’Hare in March for American Airlines’ passengers in Terminal 3, Security Checkpoint 8, and in June to United passengers in Terminal 1, Security Checkpoint 2.

Editorial: New Security Features At Logan Airport Are Welcome Innovations Boston Globe - Aug 01, 2012 07:37 AM (ET)
Within the past year, the Transportation Security Administration and Massport have introduced three new security features at Logan Airport to make checkpoints more effective and efficient: a new security line that allows some fliers — like pilots, the elderly, veterans, children, and pre-approved frequent fliers — to keep their shoes on and laptops in their bags; a hologram named Carla who explains security checkpoint rules to passengers waiting in line; and a new behavioral screening system that allows security officers to detect potential terrorists through a few easy questions asked at the checkpoints.

Faster Security Screening Expanded At O'Hare, But Complaints Linger Chicago Tribune - Aug 01, 2012 07:16 AM (ET)
Two more airlines on Tuesday joined a "trusted traveler' program atO'Hare International Airportthat, while intended to speed up the security screening process, sometimes earns a failing grade in customer service.

TSA Rolls Out PreCheck At Lambert Airport St. Louis (Mo.) Post-Dispatch - Jul 31, 2012 04:38 PM (ET)
About 100 travelers emerged from the Lambert airport security checkpoint this morning without having to take off their belts or shoes or having to remove their laptop from its bag.

CLEAR And TSA PreCheck Programs Speed You Through Airport Security PC World - Jul 27, 2012 03:15 PM (ET)
The overall hassle of air travel hasn’t changed in the last decade, but the specifics surrounding this peculiar first-world problem have subtly and slowly shifted over the last few years.

TSA Expands Expedited Screening Programs
Jul 24, 2012 08:37 PM (ET)

TSA announced the expansion of its PreCheck program to United Airlines in Los Angeles International’s Terminal 7.

Further, TSA said it has begun PreCheck at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental for select United frequent travelers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs.

PreCheck is a passenger prescreening initiative that allows qualified passengers to go through an expedited security process.

Why Long Airport Security Lines Are Going Away The Street - Jul 12, 2012 11:36 AM (ET)
The long lines of passengers waiting to pass through airport security are not gone -- not yet at least.

TSA Implements PreCheck At Charlotte Douglas International
Jul 12, 2012 11:29 AM (ET)

TSA announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Charlotte Douglas International, bringing to 18 the number of airports at which the passenger pre-screening program is available.

At Charlotte, select US Airways frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program are now eligible to participate in the initiative. In addition to US Airways, American, Delta and United are also operational at Charlotte and eligible TSA PreCheck passengers traveling on these airlines may access the TSA PreCheck lane for expedited screening.

To date, more than 1.7 million passengers have experienced PreCheck since the initiative began last fall, the agency said.

Fliers Laud New Airport Screening Tampa Tribune - Jul 11, 2012 06:53 AM (ET)
If Tuesday was any indication, travelers using the new expedited screening system at Tampa International Airport will be able to move through security in three or four minutes and without the hassle of removing shoes and belts.

TSA Implements PreCheck At Tampa International
Jul 10, 2012 05:44 PM (ET)

Tampa International on Tuesday became the 17th airport at which TSA’s PreCheck passenger pre-screening program is available.

At Tampa, select Delta frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs will be eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically, TSA announced.

To date, more than 1.7 million passengers have experienced PreCheck, the agency said.

Global Entry For S.A. Airport San Antonio Express-News - Jul 06, 2012 06:57 AM (ET)
San Antonio International Airport was notified Thursday that it has been accepted for the federal Global Entry program, making it the third Texas airport in the program that provides time-saving customs processing for foreign travelers returning to the United States.

Scooting Through Airport Security Seattle Times - Jul 02, 2012 09:34 PM (ET)
It was an eerie feeling to speed through airport security without taking off my shoes, removing my laptop and liquids from my bag or stripping away my belt and suit jacket.

United, US Airways Joins TSA PreCheck
Jun 20, 2012 02:14 PM (ET)

TSA Wednesday announced that TSA PreCheck will expand to include United at Chicago O’Hare International and US Airways at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

TSA PreCheck is a pre-screening initiative that allows eligible passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening process. Eligible passengers may be referred to the TSA PreCheck lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belts on, allowing them to keep their laptops in their cases and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bags in their carry-on.

More than 1.5 million passengers have received expedited screening through TSA PreCheck security lanes since the initiative began in October 2011, the agency said. The program currently is available in 16 airports for U.S. citizens who are select frequent flyers of participating airlines or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs and traveling within the U.S.

Logan Checks To Get Simpler Boston Globe - Jun 19, 2012 07:01 AM (ET)
The long lines at airport security may get shorter, at least for passengers the government believes are not a threat.

TSA PreCheck At LaGuardia Expanded To American
Jun 14, 2012 10:21 PM (ET)

TSA Thursday announced that American will participate in TSA PreCheck operations at LaGuardia Airport. At LaGuardia, select American and Delta frequent flyers and passengers who are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate in TSA PreCheck when traveling domestically.

PreCheck has been in place at LaGuardia since April, when Delta began the program there. Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens flying on participating airlines as well as those who are members of CBP Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS.

TSA PreCheck Expands To Include Alaska Air Frequent Flyers
May 21, 2012 10:16 PM (ET)

TSA announced Alaska Airlines as the third air carrier to partner with the agency to offer TSA PreCheck benefits to passengers. TSA PreCheck is a pre-screening initiative that allows passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening experience. Select Alaska Airlines’ frequent flyers are now eligible to participate at Portland International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for domestic travel. Alaska Airlines joins American and Delta as current partners with the TSA PreCheck initiative.

TSA PreCheck is part of the agency’s broader effort to implement intelligence-driven, risk-based security concepts to enhance security by focusing on travelers the agency knows less about. Since the initiative first launched last fall, more than one million passengers have received expedited screening through TSA PreCheck security lanes. TSA PreCheck is now available in 15 airports for select U.S. citizens traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs. TSA will continue to expand TSA PreCheck to additional airlines and airports once they are operationally ready.

PreCheck Now Available to Service Members At Sea-Tac
May 18, 2012 10:14 AM (ET)

TSA announced that TSA PreCheck operations begin this week at Seattle-Tacoma International for active duty service members in the U.S. Armed Forces. Service members are now eligible to receive expedited screening benefits in addition to select frequent flyers and members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program when traveling out of Sea-Tac.

The TSA PreCheck initiative enhances aviation security by enabling TSA to focus on passengers the agency knows less about and those considered high-risk, while providing expedited screening for travelers who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying. TSA has partnered with the Department of Defense (DoD) to further streamline screening for active duty service members. In additional to Sea-Tac, service members can also participate in TSA PreCheck when flying out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

TSA PreCheck Program Begins In Portland
May 16, 2012 08:19 AM (ET)

TSA has announced the start of its PreCheck passenger screening program at Portland (Ore.) International. Select Alaska Airlines’ frequent flyers traveling out of Portland are eligible to receive expedited screening for domestic travel, while American’s and Delta’s frequent flyers are also eligible.

TSA: Risk-Based Security Initiative Reaches Key Milestone
May 03, 2012 04:48 PM (ET)

TSA Administrator John Pistole Wednesday announced the agency has screened more than 1 million travelers through the TSA PreCheck pre-screening initiative. TSA PreCheck is currently available at 14 airports to U.S. citizens who are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs and select frequent flyers on Alaska Airlines, American and Delta.

TSA PreCheck is a pre-screening initiative that allows passengers to volunteer information about themselves prior to traveling domestically to expedite their checkpoint screening at participating airports. The initiative is part of the agency’s broader effort to implement risk-based concepts that enhance aviation security by focusing more on travelers the agency knows the least about and allowing known travelers the opportunity to expedite their travel through security checkpoints.

TSA PreCheck is currently operating with American at airports in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, New York (JFK), Minneapolis and Los Angeles; with Delta at airports in Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York (LGA), Los Angeles, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.; and Alaska Airlines in Seattle. United, Jet Blue and US Airways, and additional airport locations will begin operations later this year, TSA said.

TSA Launches PreCheck At Orlando International
May 02, 2012 09:04 PM (ET)

TSA announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at Orlando International. Under the passenger pre-screening initiative at Orlando, select Delta frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically.

TSA PreCheck is part of the agency’s larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than 880,000 passengers have experienced TSA PreCheck. TSA PreCheck is now available in 14 airports for frequent flyers on Alaska Airlines, American and Delta.

TSA PreCheck Expands To Alaska Air, Sea-Tac Airport
Apr 24, 2012 03:32 PM (ET)

TSA Tuesday announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations with Alaska Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International. Alaska Airlines is the third airline to begin offering TSA PreCheck to select members of their frequent flyer program, in addition to Delta and American, TSA said. TSA PreCheck is a pre-screening initiative and allows select passengers to receive expedited screening for domestic travel.

TSA PreCheck is part of the agency’s broader effort to implement risk-based security concepts to enhance security by focusing on travelers the agency knows less about. More than 820,000 passengers have received expedited screening through TSA PreCheck security lanes since the initiative began in October, 2011. TSA PreCheck is now available in 13 airports for select U.S. citizens traveling on Alaska, American and Delta Air Lines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs.

“The expansion of TSA PreCheck to Sea-Tac Airport is noteworthy because our partnership with Alaska Airlines adds another participating carrier to this effort,” said Paul Leyh, director of aviation for TSA’s Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement. “Risk-based security and TSA’s goal of providing travelers the most effective security in the most efficient way requires including as many passengers, airports and airlines as possible. Today’s announcement is yet another step in that direction.”

TSA Expands PreCheck Screening Program
Apr 10, 2012 06:18 PM (ET)

TSA announced the expansion of its PreCheck program at Dallas/Fort Worth International to checkpoints A-35 and D-30.

PreCheck is part of the agency’s effort to implement risk-based security screening concepts. To date, more than 700,000 passengers have experienced PreCheck, TSA said.

Eligible passengers are U.S. citizens who are flying on participating airlines, as well as members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. TSA recently expanded the initiative to include active duty U.S. Armed Forces service members flying out of Reagan Washington National.

Understanding The New PreCheck Airport Security Program Seattle Times - Apr 09, 2012 05:17 PM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration will introduce PreCheck, a new prescreening program for low-risk travelers, at 28 U.S. airports this year including Sea-Tac Airport.

Speeding Up Security At U.S. Airports With New PreCheck Program Seattle Times - Apr 09, 2012 08:19 AM (ET)
Chris Soriano dashes to Sea-Tac Airport several times a month, shuttling between business trips for Concur, an expense management company, and a volunteer ice hockey coaching gig at Washington State University.

TSA PreCheck Begins At LaGuardia
Apr 04, 2012 02:24 PM (ET)

TSA announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at LaGuardia Airport. TSA PreCheck is a passenger pre-screening initiative that allows qualified passengers to go through an expedited security process, which, among other benefits, allows them to keep their shoes and light-weight jackets on while going through the checkpoint. At LaGuardia, select Delta frequent flyers are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically, TSA said.

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens who are flying on participating airlines, as well as members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. TSA recently expanded the initiative to include active duty U.S. Armed Forces service members flying out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

TSA To Expand PreCheck Initiative
Apr 03, 2012 09:28 AM (ET)

TSA announced details regarding the expansion of the TSA PreCheck initiative to additional airports and airlines, as well as additional TSA PreCheck lanes at existing locations.

Alaska, United and US Airways will begin offering TSA PreCheck screening benefits at select locations in the coming months. TSA said it anticipates PreCheck will be operational at many of the nation’s largest airports by the end of 2012.

Through June 2012, the following airports and airlines will begin PreCheck operations: Boston Logan, Delta; LaGuardia, Delta; Newark Liberty, United; Orlando International, Delta; Portland (Ore.) International, Alaska; and Seattle-Tacoma International, Alaska.

PreCheck operations will expand at Chicago O’Hare with the addition of United; at Los Angeles International with the addition of Delta; at LaGuardia with the addition of American; and at Washington (D.C.) National with the addition of US Airways.

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through TSA PreCheck, that information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass. TSA will read the barcode at the designated TSA PreCheck checkpoint and the passenger may be referred to a lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belt on, allowing them to keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.

As part of the effort to implement additional risk-based security procedures, TSA is in the process of testing several other screening concepts, including a program designed to positively identify airline pilots, the use of expanded behavior detection techniques, modified screening procedures for travelers 75 and older, and providing TSA PreCheck screening benefits to U.S Military active duty members traveling through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

AAAE Supports Expansion Of Trusted Traveler Programs
Mar 20, 2012 09:26 PM (ET)

AAAE President Charles Barclay will appear before a Senate subcommittee March 21 to pledge continued airport support for efforts to expand the number of travelers who participate in DHS trusted traveler programs, including TSA’s PreCheck and the Customs and Border Protection Global Entry programs.

“DHS trusted traveler programs offer enormous promise in bolstering security, enhancing efficiency and improving the customer experience at airports across the country,” Barclay is scheduled to tell members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. “While PreCheck and Global Entry are off to a good start, their ultimate success depends on enrolling as many qualified individuals as possible, so that the limited resources of the federal government are more effectively focused on travelers about whom little is known.”

Barclay notes that TSA’s PreCheck program in its current form is available only to certain elite travelers on specific airlines and participants in the CBP Global Entry program. Barclay adds that airport executives would like to see the PreCheck program expanded to accommodate the participation of as many additional travelers as possible using an airport-centric, community based effort. Barclay states that, while airline-based programs and Global Entry are good avenues in enrolling qualified participants, additional efforts will be needed to accommodate a broader range of qualified travelers — a goal that airports, the traveling public, and the government share.

“Airport executives anticipate continued success with the PreCheck program as it is rolled out to additional airports and recognize that the next challenge will be moving from a largely airline-centric program in operation at a handful of airports to one that is operational for large numbers of travelers at airport facilities across the country,” Barclay states. “Airport operators are uniquely situated and qualified to play a key role in assisting TSA in efficiently and effectively growing participation in PreCheck or a similar trusted traveler program.”

Barclay notes that, over the past decade, AAAE and individual airports have worked closely with TSA and the technology community to implement specific programs, including the inter-operable Registered Traveler (RT) program. In one year, the RT program enrolled more than 250,000 travelers at 24 airports, proving the security and efficiency benefits that adoption of these programs provides.

“Airports are confident that in partnership with TSA they can help facilitate the deployment of a robust trusted/known traveler program that focuses on enhanced security above all else in addition to expediting the travel experience,” Barclay states. “We are eager to work with TSA Administrator John Pistole and his team to make the promises of PreCheck a reality for a broad range of qualified travelers at airports across the country.”

$100 To Fly Through The Airport Wall Street Journal - Mar 15, 2012 06:52 AM (ET)
Hate the full-body scans, pat-downs and slow going at TSA airport security screening checkpoints? For $100, you can now bypass the hassle.

A Partnership Aims At Streamlining Security New York Times - Mar 13, 2012 04:00 PM (ET)
CLEAR, the company that provided expedited airport security clearance to travelers who agreed to background checks, went out of business with heavy debts in 2009 — dashing expectations that private enterprise would soon become a major partner with the government at airport security checkpoints.

Sky Harbor Airport Program Shortens Wait Time Arizona Republic - Mar 12, 2012 07:08 AM (ET)
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has been added to a federal program that allows passengers who volunteer for extensive background checks to zip through security screenings.

New Service Lets You Fly Through Airport Security Minneapolis Star Tribune - Mar 06, 2012 06:49 AM (ET)
After a nearly 10-hour flight from Paris, a bleary-eyed Maureen Chatelain arrived Monday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with a connecting flight to catch.

Airport Security Pre-Check, Other 'Trusted Traveler' Programs Expanding Huffington Post - Mar 06, 2012 06:48 AM (ET)
In an effort to shorten check-in lines and gain more time to focus on real threats to the traveling public, the Transportation Security Administration is now expanding the number of airports that allow for expedited security screening.

TSA PreCheck Begins At JFK Airport
Feb 29, 2012 08:39 PM (ET)

TSA announced the start of TSA PreCheck operations at New York’s Kennedy International. TSA PreCheck is a passenger pre-screening initiative and, at JFK, select American Airlines’ frequent flyers are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically.

TSA PreCheck is part of the agency’s larger effort to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less. To date, more than 460,000 passengers have used TSA PreCheck. Passengers who volunteer to provide information about themselves prior to flying can expedite their screening experience. TSA PreCheck is now available in nine airports for both American and Delta frequent flyers.

Eligible passengers include those flying on participating airlines as well as members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS, who are U.S. citizens.

Paying For A Faster Airport Security Line Newsday - Feb 24, 2012 03:02 PM (ET)
You can keep your jacket, belt and shoes on through airport security. You just need to fly a lot, or pay for the privilege.

TSA Expands Pre-Check Programme The Economist - Feb 21, 2012 08:03 AM (ET)
America's Transportation Security Administration is expanding its programme to pre-screen certain passengers and speed them through airport security a bit faster.

TSA Pre-Check Begins At Salt Lake City International
Feb 16, 2012 08:25 AM (ET)

TSA Wednesday announced the implementation of its passenger pre-screening initiative, TSA Pre-Check, at Salt Lake City International. Select Delta frequent flyers out of the airport are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits during domestic travel.

TSA recently announced the expansion of TSA Pre-Check to 28 of the nation’s busiest airports, building on the success of the initiative’s seven pilot locations. TSA said it will continue to implement this screening concept to additional airlines and airports once they are operationally ready.

AAAE Supports Growth Of Pre-Check Program
Feb 14, 2012 09:29 PM (ET)

AAAE has pledged its support to work collaboratively with TSA and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expand the Pre-Check trusted traveler program to accommodate additional flyers as quickly as possible.

“Airport executives long have advocated for the adoption of a robust, nationwide trusted traveler program to better identify and scrutinize potential threats while improving passengers’ experiences at the airport,” AAAE President Charles Barclay said. “The recent announcement by TSA that the agency intends to bring its Pre-Check trusted traveler program online quickly at additional airports is welcome news, and airport executives are eager to play an active role in the successful deployment of the program at their facilities.

“Airport executives anticipate great success with the Pre-Check program and recognize that the next challenge will be moving from a largely airline-centric program in operation at a handful of airports to one that is operational for large numbers of travelers at airport facilities across the country,” Barclay added. “Airport operators are uniquely situated and qualified to play a key role in assisting TSA in efficiently and effectively growing participation in Pre-Check or a similar trusted traveler program.”

Barclay noted that, over the past decade, AAAE and individual airports have worked closely with TSA and the technology community to implement specific programs, including Registered Traveler (RT). In roughly one year, the RT program enrolled more than 250,000 travelers at 24 airports, proving the security and efficiency benefits that adoption of these programs provides.

Pre-Check in its current form is available only to certain elite travelers on specific airlines and participants in the CBP Global Entry program. Barclay said that airport executives would like to see the program expanded to accommodate as many additional travelers as possible in an airport-centric, community-based effort. Barclay stated that, while airline-based programs and Global Entry are good avenues to enroll qualified participants, additional efforts will be needed to accommodate a broader range of qualified travelers — a goal that airports, the traveling public, and the government share.

“Airports are confident that in partnership with TSA they can help facilitate the deployment of a robust trusted/known traveler program that focuses on enhanced security above all else in addition to expediting the travel experience,” Barclay said. “We are eager to work with TSA Administrator John Pistole and his team to make the promises of Pre-Check a reality for a broad range of qualified travelers at airports across the country.”

O'Hare Airport Joining Pre-Check Screening Program AP - Feb 10, 2012 08:24 PM (ET)
A new passenger-screening program to make check-in more convenient and quicker for pre-checked frequent fliers is being expanded to O’Hare Airport and other major U.S. airports.

TSA Expands Pre-Check Screening Initiative
Feb 10, 2012 08:22 PM (ET)

TSA announced that it has expanded its TSA Pre-Check initiative to additional airports following the passenger pre-screening program’s success at seven pilot locations. The agency said 336,000 passengers have been screened to date through the pilot sites.

TSA Pre-Check will be implemented at the following airports throughout 2012: Baltimore/Washington International, Boston Logan International, Charlotte Douglas International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Denver International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (Fla.) International, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Honolulu International, Indianapolis International, New York’s Kennedy International and LaGuardia, Lambert-St. Louis International, Armstrong New Orleans International, Luis Muñoz Marín International (Puerto Rico), Newark Liberty International, O’Hare International, Orlando International, Philadelphia International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Pittsburgh International, Portland (Ore.) International, Reagan Washington National, Salt Lake City International, San Francisco International, Seattle-Tacoma International, Tampa International, Anchorage International and Washington Dulles International.

Eligible participants include certain frequent flyers from participating airlines, as well as members of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs (Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS) who are U.S. citizens and fly on a participating airline.

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening following the vetting process, information will be embedded in the barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass. TSA will read the barcode at the security checkpoint and then may refer the passenger to a Pre-Check lane, where he/she will undergo expedited screening. TSA Pre-Check is currently operating with American at airports in Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, and with Delta at airports in Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas and Minneapolis. US Airways, United and Alaska are all enrolling new passengers and will begin operations later this year, TSA said.

The agency said it will continue expanding TSA Pre-Check to additional airlines and airports “once they are operationally ready.”

AAAE President Charles Barclay commended TSA for its efforts to expand Pre-Check and noted that airport executives stand ready to play an active role in facilitating broader participation among the traveling public at additional airport facilities.

“To take full advantage of the security and efficiency benefits that Pre-Check or similar trusted traveler programs offer, participation must evolve beyond elite flyers on particular air carriers and Global Entry members to a wider qualified pool of travelers,” Barclay said. “Airport executives are eager to play an active role in growing the program as quickly and effectively as possible through airport-centric, community-based enrollment programs in addition to Global Entry and other avenues.”

Indy Airport To Get Expedited Screening Program Indianapolis Star - Feb 10, 2012 07:40 AM (ET)
Indianapolis International Airport is among the newest of the nation's busiest airports to join the TSA's passenger pre-screening program so travelers can zip through security checkpoints.

TSA Expands Program To Speed Travelers Through Airport Screening Los Angeles Times - Feb 08, 2012 07:24 PM (ET)
A test program that allows air travelers who voluntarily offer background information to zip through faster airport security lines without removing shoes, belts and coats will be expanded to 28 new airports, Transportation Security Administration officials said Wednesday.

Expedited Airport Security CLEAR Card Returns To SFO San Francisco Chronicle - Feb 01, 2012 06:08 AM (ET)
Remember the CLEAR card and those CLEAR lanes at SFO? The service that allowed travelers submitting biometric information and paying $179 per year to bypass regular security lines and get to their gates faster?

TSA Expands Pre-Check To Minneapolis-St. Paul
Jan 25, 2012 08:33 AM (ET)

TSA announced Tuesday that it has implemented its Pre-Check passenger pre-screening initiative at Minneapolis-St. Paul International, the pilot’s seventh location.

Certain Delta frequent flyers traveling out of Minneapolis-St. Paul now are eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening for domestic travel. Delta also will allow American participants to use the carrier’s frequent flyer lane at Minneapolis-St. Paul to access the TSA Pre-Check lane, TSA said.

The agency said that it will continue to expand Pre-Check to additional airlines and airports once they are operationally ready.

TSA Shortcut Line Starts At Both Sacramento Airport Terminals Modesto (Calif.) Bee - Jan 06, 2012 07:33 AM (ET)
Sacramento airport security lines are now a bit shorter for a few passengers. Sacramento International Airport officials Thursday announced the airport and airlines have opened a "preferred customer" priority line at federal security checkpoints in both terminals.

TSA Pre Check Expedited Screening Pilot Starts At Las Vegas McCarran
Dec 16, 2011 08:27 AM (ET)

TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the start of TSA Pre Check operations at Las Vegas’ McCarran International, and said that US Airways will offer TSA Pre Check to eligible passengers in early 2012. These initiatives mark the implementation of more key components of the agency’s intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security, TSA said in a statement.

The TSA Pre Check initiative enhances security by placing more focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying in order to potentially expedite the travel experience, TSA said.

United 'Elite' Fliers To Get Faster Airport Checks, TSA Says Bloomberg - Dec 06, 2011 08:21 PM (ET)
United Continental Holdings Inc. will join Delta Air Lines Inc. and AMR Corp.'s American Airlines next year in being able to speed some of its most frequent fliers through security at some airports, U.S. Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole said.

For Chosen Fliers, Security Check Is A Breeze New York Times - Nov 07, 2011 09:36 PM (ET)
For the first time since 2001, travelers are going through airport security checkpoints with their shoes and jackets on, and without having to remove laptops from cases or adhere to rules like displaying carry-on liquids in containers of 3.4 ounces maximum, all packed in a single quart-size plastic bag.

TSA To Expand Test Program That Could Mean Faster Trips Through Airport Security AP - Nov 03, 2011 06:08 AM (ET)
Testing for a new program aimed at getting certain travelers through airport security with less hassle has gone so well that the Obama administration plans to expand it to another round of airports and travelers, the government said Wednesday.

TSA Frequent Traveler Program Earning Good Reviews, Agency Says Washington Post - Nov 02, 2011 06:29 AM (ET)
A frequent traveler program launched by the Transportation Security Administration over the summer is earning positive early reviews and is likely to expand, the agency’s boss is set to tell lawmakers Wednesday.

Barclay On Future Of Aviation Security
Nov 01, 2011 09:11 PM (ET)

AAAE President Charles Barclay, in testimony prepared for a Nov. 2 hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on the future of aviation security, will argue that the federal government must target limited resources more effectively by focusing on the areas of greatest threat and resisting the urge to expand TSA’s core mission of passenger and baggage screening.

Barclay is scheduled to join TSA Administrator John Pistole at the hearing, along with representatives of IATA and the U.S. Travel Association.

“The intense pressure on all federal budget resources, continued threats to the aviation system, and growing traffic levels at the nation’s airports make the passenger screening protocol that has been in place since 9/11 unsustainable. We simply don’t have the resources necessary to continue operating a personnel dependent screening system that treats every traveler the same regardless of the risk they pose to the system,” Barclay notes in his testimony. “The challenge for the next decade and beyond is to more effectively utilize and link technologies and information that separate and scrutinize true threats to the system from those who pose little or no risk.”

Airport executives and many others, Barclay notes, have long advocated the adoption of a trusted/known traveler program to better identify and scrutinize potential threats. He adds that airport executives are encouraged by TSA’s plan to develop PreCheck, a limited, voluntary passenger pre-screening initiative with a small trusted/known traveler population at four airports.

“Administrator Pistole and his team deserve immense credit for moving forward with the program and with other risk-based initiatives,” Barclay’s testimony states. “Airport executives anticipate great success with the PreCheck program and recognize that the next challenge will be moving from a largely airline-centric program in operation at a handful of airports to one that is operational for large numbers of travelers at airport facilities across the country.”

Barclay notes that AAAE has established a Security Task Force that is actively involved in discussions with the agency to move in that direction. He adds that the group also is working collaboratively with TSA to address issues related to checkpoint configuration, queue management, modified LEO response expectations and public communication.

Barclay’s testimony also highlights the important role that airports play as public entities in performing a number of inherently local security functions: incident response and management, perimeter security, employee vetting and credentialing, access control, infrastructure and operations planning, and a myriad of local law enforcement functions. “These important duties have long been local responsibilities that have been performed by local authorities in accordance with federal standards and subject to federal oversight,” Barclay notes.

“Airport operators meet their security-related obligations with a sharp focus on the need to protect public safety, which remains one of their fundamental missions,” Barclay’s testimony states. “The professionals who perform these duties at airports are highly trained and have the first responder authorities and responsibilities that we all value immensely. From a security and resource perspective, it is critical that these inherently local functions remain local with federal oversight and backed by federal resources when appropriate.”

Barclay urges TSA to focus on its primary mission of passenger and baggage screening, stating, “Expanding the agency’s mission — particularly to areas already in capable local hands — threatens to dilute already scarce resources.”

For 280,000 Airline Passengers, Screening's A Breeze South Florida Sun Sentinel - Oct 31, 2011 07:38 PM (ET)
It's almost like the old days, when getting to the gate was a breeze.

4 Airports To Try Risk-Based Security Screening AP - Oct 07, 2011 05:43 AM (ET)
A select group of travelers may find it easier Tuesday getting through security checkpoints at four major U.S. airports in return for voluntarily providing more personal information to the federal government as part of a new pilot program.

4 Airports Try Limited Low-Hassle Security Checks AP - Oct 06, 2011 05:21 AM (ET)
The first members of a small group of frequent fliers were being ushered through lower-hassle security lines Tuesday in exchange for sharing more personal information with the government in a trial program at four U.S. airports.

Select Travelers Test Out Faster Security Line At Detroit Metro Airport Detroit Free Press - Oct 05, 2011 05:34 AM (ET)
Some lucky travelers can keep their shoes, jackets and belts on when passing through security at Detroit Metro Airport.

TSA Launches PreCheck Screening Pilot Program
Oct 04, 2011 08:44 PM (ET)

TSA announced Tuesday that it has begun testing a limited, voluntary passenger pre-screening initiative with a small known traveler population at four U.S. airports.

During the pilot, TSA said it will use pre-screening capabilities to make intelligence-based risk assessments on passengers who voluntarily participate in the TSA PreCheck program and are flying domestically from one of the four pilot sites: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Detroit Metro, Dallas/Fort Worth International and Miami International airports. Eligible participants include certain frequent flyers from American and Delta, as well as members of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS, who are U.S. citizens and are flying on participating airlines.

If the pilot program is successful, TSA said it will expand PreCheck to include additional airlines, as well as other airports that participate in CBP’s Global Entry program.

“As TSA moves further away from a one-size-fits-all approach, our ultimate goal is to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole. “By learning more about travelers through information they voluntarily provide, and combining that information with our other layers of security, we can focus more resources on higher-risk and unknown passengers. This new screening system holds great potential to strengthen security while significantly enhancing the travel experience whenever possible for passengers.”

Eligible passengers may be referred to a lane where they will experience expedited screening. TSA said it will incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the pilot airports, and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening. TSA noted that its multi-layered approach to security also includes behavior detection officers, explosives detection systems, canine teams, and federal air marshals, among other measures.

TSA Pilot Program To Speed Up Airport Screening Huffington Post - Sep 27, 2011 05:46 AM (ET)
A few lucky frequent flyers will start whizzing through airport checkpoints next week under a pilot program that federal security officials hope will lead to shorter lines for most airline passengers while allowing screeners to focus on real, intelligence-based threats to aviation.

TSA's Bid To Speed You Through Airport Security MarketWatch - Sep 19, 2011 06:06 PM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out changes to airport security procedures aimed at helping passengers, especially frequent flyers, get through the screening process easily and more quickly.

What 'Trusted Traveler' Means To You CNN - Sep 06, 2011 12:19 PM (ET)
You might have heard something about the Transportation Security Administration's new known (or trusted) traveler program that will begin testing in October.

Can You Trust The New Trusted-Traveler Program? Frommer's.com - Aug 25, 2011 12:08 PM (ET)
Stung by the traveling public's disapproval of its one-size-fits-all approach to passenger screening, the Transportation Security Administration (www.tsa.gov) last month announced that it would begin testing a new trusted-traveler program.

TSA Chief Discusses Trusted-Traveler Pilot Travel Weekly - Aug 24, 2011 12:14 PM (ET)
TSA Administrator John Pistole, in Denver at the Global Business Travel Association's annual conference, shared some details about the agency's proposed trusted-traveler program, scheduled to commence this autumn.

The TSA's Grand Failure Of Imagination Forbes - Jul 28, 2011 05:15 PM (ET)
TSA recently announced they had come up with an innovative “new idea” that involved a “trusted traveler” program which could speed certain pre-screened passengers through security.

Relief From Security Hassles? Chicago Tribune - Jul 27, 2011 02:51 PM (ET)
I might owe the Transportation Security Administration an apology.

Trying To Revive Trusted Traveler Program New York Times - Jul 19, 2011 03:02 PM (ET)
LIKE most business travelers, I’d welcome the opportunity to provide the government with some basic information to indicate that I am not inclined to acts of terrorism, and in turn to receive a special pass that lets me get through airport security with my shoes on and my personal dignity relatively intact.

TSA To Trial 'Trusted Travelers' Program At Select US Airports This Fall Air Transport World - Jul 15, 2011 03:20 AM (ET)
US Transportation Security Administration said it will launch a pilot program this fall to test new airport screening strategies that aim, among other goals, to provide "trusted travelers with expedited screening."

TSA Announces Risk Based Security Initiative for Frequent Travelers
Jul 14, 2011 09:57 PM (ET)

TSA Administrator John Pistole spoke Thursday with aviation stakeholders to provide an update on TSA’s ongoing efforts to implement risk-based, intelligence-driven security measures. As part of the discussion, Pistole provided details on the agency’s plan to conduct a pilot program in the coming months to enhance TSA’s identity-based, pre-flight screening capabilities and provide trusted travelers with expedited screening.

TSA plans to launch the pilot program in the fall of this year at four airports -- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Miami International and Dallas Fort Worth International -- and is still working on a number of logistical and operational issues. However, the agency made the announcement Thursday to provide time for qualified participants to opt-in to the program.

For the pilot program, participants must be U.S. citizens and must be either 1) participants in the CBP trusted traveler programs (Global Entry, SENTI and NEXUS) or 2) frequent fliers of a certain level on the first two participating airlines, American and Delta.

After opting-in to the voluntary pilot program, participants will be subject to enhanced pre-flight, identity-based screening by TSA, which was developed in partnership with CBP and U.S. air carriers. TSA's pre-flight vetting assessment will be embedded on participants' boarding pass bar codes. As a result, they may then qualify for expedited screening at dedicated lanes at the four pilot airports. Participants are not guaranteed or entitled to expedited screening and TSA stressed that all travelers will continue to be subject to random and unpredictable screening. In addition, TSA said it is still determining what processes and procedures will or will not be part of the expedited screening benefit for participants.

TSA said it plans to expand the pilot on a rolling basis to include United, Southwest, JetBlue, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines, as well as additional airports, once operationally ready.

Pistole stated that TSA is testing the proof of concept and hopes to expand as any issues, such as any vulnerability gaps or resource issues associated with dedicated lanes for a limited population of travelers, are resolved. However, Pistole said he hopes to have broad application of this program at all Category X airports by 2012.

AAAE participated on the call with stakeholders and will continue to work closely with the TSA on these initiatives, focusing on airport participation and operational considerations related to pilot programs and roll-out of initiatives such as the proof of concept.

Survey: US Passengers Will Pay To Join Trusted Traveler Program Air Transport World - Jul 08, 2011 06:48 AM (ET)
The US Travel Assn. said that a recent survey shows that many frequent business and leisure passengers would pay up to $150 per year to be enrolled in a trusted traveler program.

'Trusted Traveler' Program May Shorten Airport Security Wait Times Fox Business - Jul 05, 2011 01:53 PM (ET)
Travelers fed up with long security lines at the airport may soon be offered a way to avoid them.

Frequent Fliers Would Pay For Faster Airport Security Checks Los Angeles Times - Jul 05, 2011 07:46 AM (ET)
U.S. air travelers already pay to check bags and buy onboard snacks, among other charges. But would they pay to avoid those long airport security lines?

U.S. To Launch Trusted Air Traveler Program In Fall Reuters - Jun 22, 2011 02:57 PM (ET)
U.S. travelers frustrated with airport security may see a little relief later this year with the launch of a trusted traveler pilot program, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday.

Pistole: TSA Working Toward Risk-Based Security
May 19, 2011 09:56 PM (ET)

TSA Administrator John Pistole told attendess at the AAAE Annual Conference in Atlanta that “the United States must evolve its approach to aviation security to become more risk-based.”

“In the 10 years since 9/11, we’ve kept aviation safe,” Pistole said. “But in the next decade, we must assess what is working well to evolve our security approach to stay ahead of tomorrow’s threats.”

He noted that TSA has undertaken a review of all procedures, and began last fall exploring ways to develop risk-based security.

“We have been looking at everything, including what procedures and technology we use; how are specific procedures carried out; how certain segments of the population screened,” Pistole told attendees.

He said these three items illustrate that the agency’s review is comprehensive. Pistole also said that six months into the review process, “we have made good progress toward developing a long-term security construct that we hope could eventually change the flying experience for most travelers.”

“While many of these potential changes are still being developed and are not quite ready to be rolled out fully, in the coming months we expect to be ready to move forward with some smaller concrete steps that will begin to move us away from what can seem like a one-size-fits-all approach and onto the path of more risk-based security,” Pistole said.

Among these he cited a new crewmember screening system that will initially involve pilots, but could be expanded to include flight attendants, and checkpoint changes that include “finding ways to focus our limited resources on higher-risk passengers, while speeding and enhancing the passenger experience at the airport whenever possible.”

Pistole said that passengers who provide information in advance and are deemed low risk could be eligible for expedited screening.

“If we can verify the additional information that passengers submit, and combine that with our other layers of security, we should be able to expedite the physical screening for many people,” he said.

He stressed, however, that there will not be a guarantee of expedited screening due to the need to maintain “a certain element of randomness to prevent terrorists from gaming the system.”

US Plans Faster Screening For Low-Risk Air Travelers Reuters - May 19, 2011 06:04 AM (ET)
The Obama administration is developing a faster airport security screening process for passengers considered to be low security risks, the head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday.

Post-Osama: Would You Pay For Faster Security? SmartMoney - May 06, 2011 06:11 AM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration is moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach to airport screening.

Looking To Speed Security For Frequent Fliers Wall Street Journal - May 05, 2011 06:42 PM (ET)
In what would be a major shift in procedures, the Transportation Security Administration is working on a concept that could let "trusted travelers" keep their shoes on, leave laptops in bags and avoid body scanners altogether—one of the biggest improvements at the airport since 2001.

Travel Group Pushes 'Trusted Traveler' Screening Program Los Angeles Times - Apr 18, 2011 04:09 PM (ET)
The U.S. Travel Assn. is running ads to pressure Congress to adopt an alternative process for business travelers and other frequent fliers. Also, business travel spending is expected to increase; and Americans pay more for air travel than Europeans.

PR Campaign Supports Trusted Traveler Program
Apr 15, 2011 05:52 PM (ET)

A national media campaign to urge Congress to implement a trusted traveler program at airports was announced last week by the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C.

The organization said that the campaign will include advertisements in newspapers and airports, social media, events at airports, an advocacy website and toll-free number to connect travelers directly with members of Congress, and an online petition.

For more information, go to http://www.betrustednow.org/.

Travel Group To Pressure Congress For Airport Security Reforms Washington Post - Apr 13, 2011 03:36 PM (ET)
A travel industry group will begin a campaign for changes in airport security Wednesday with an effort to marshal public support to put pressure on Congress.

Travel Group Offers Plan To Speed Airport Screening Los Angeles Times - Mar 21, 2011 06:17 AM (ET)
A new plan by the U.S. Travel Assn. to speed the screening process at the nation's airports has come under fire from airlines and a private security firm.

Panel Urges TSA To Implement 'Trusted Travelers' Program Washington Post - Mar 16, 2011 05:50 AM (ET)
Treating every airport passenger as a potential terrorist slows the security system, is needlessly frustrating and deters some people from flying, according to a report that recommends ways to ease bottlenecks at security checkpoints.

Putting Air Travellers In Fast Lane Edmonton Journal - Mar 08, 2011 03:57 PM (ET)
Travellers who use NEXUS cards to cross the United States border more quickly can now also speed up their security screening at Edmonton International Airport.

Our View: Would You Depend On 'Trusted Traveler'? USA Today - Feb 18, 2011 07:18 PM (ET)
Now that the outrage over airport pat-downs and full body scans has died down and the government is trying to tweak the scans to provide more modest images, travelers are still left with everything they never liked about screening.

Another View: Implement 'Trusted Traveler' USA Today - Feb 18, 2011 07:17 PM (ET)
A growing number of aviation security experts and government officials are calling for the creation of a "trusted traveler" program.

TSA Mulls 'Trusted Traveler' Program Washington Post - Feb 11, 2011 04:09 PM (ET)
Transportation Security Administration head John S. Pistole is considering the concept of a "trusted traveler" program that would speed passengers willing to provide detailed advance personal information through airport security checkpoints. "Under a trusted traveler program they might be able to get a different type of screening," Pistole told a House subcommittee on transportation security on Tuesday.

Buying Your Way Past The First Security Line Baltimore Sun - Feb 10, 2011 03:31 PM (ET)
The security line at Orlando International Airport was a mess when I last flew out of there. Even having preferred status on my airline of choice wasn't getting me through the line any faster. Yet as I waited (and waited) I noticed a blue and white security kiosk with a single guard — and no line.

Groups Urge Faster Security Checkpoints For Frequent Fliers Los Angeles Times - Jan 03, 2011 03:49 PM (ET)
As lines in the nation's airports grow longer with newly enhanced security measures, many travel groups suggest that the best way to speed passengers through would be to create separate, faster checkpoints for frequent fliers, including business travelers.

How To Skip To Head Of Airport Security Lines ABC News - Dec 08, 2010 02:27 PM (ET)
As the controversy continues over airport security scanners and pat-downs, the Transportation Security Administration has given the green light to a "trusted traveler" lane at another one of the nation's busiest airports.

Dulles International Airport A Top Trusted Traveler Hub Washington Business Journal - Dec 08, 2010 02:12 PM (ET)
Dulles International Airport, one of 20 airports to offer a Customs and Border Protection program called Global Entry, is the second-busiest Global Entry airport, surpassing 75,000 users since Dulles began the program in June 2008.

How To Skip To Head Of Airport Security Lines ABC News - Dec 07, 2010 01:24 PM (ET)
As the controversy continues over airport security scanners and pat-downs, the Transportation Security Administration has given the green light to a "trusted traveler" lane at another one of the nation's busiest airports.

U.S. Travel Proposes Federal Trusted Traveler Program Travel Agent Central - Dec 03, 2010 02:54 PM (ET)
In the face of public anger over intrusive airport security procedures, the U.S. Travel Association is recommending the federal government accelerate the creation of a “trusted traveler” program which would result in an air travel security screening process that is more secure, efficient and effective.

An Airport Program That Makes Traveling (Gasp!) Easier New York Times - Dec 03, 2010 07:15 AM (ET)
With Transportation Security Administration screening techniques getting extra personal of late, it’s tempting to think that the airport experience only goes from bad to worse.

CLEAR Re-Launches At Denver Airport
Dec 02, 2010 07:06 AM (ET)

Registered traveler program CLEAR has resumed operations at Denver International Airport. CLEAR members enroll by providing a scan of their passport and secondary photo ID, fingerprints and iris image. They then receive an ID card for the program, which they present at the designated CLEAR lanes at the airport before proceeding to the TSA checkpoint.

Denver is the second market, after Orlando, for the new CLEAR, which re-launched with new owners and management after ceasing operations in 2009. CLEAR is now owned by Alclear LLC.

Program Allows Skipping Long Passport Control Lines Houston Chronicle - Dec 02, 2010 06:45 AM (ET)
Camille and Dan Sullivan of New Orleans once missed a connecting flight home from Italy because of long immigration and customs lines at Washington's Dulles International Airport.

Airport Check-in: Registered Traveler Program Clear Is Back USA Today - Nov 15, 2010 05:55 AM (ET)
Clear, a registered traveler service provider that closed last year, relaunched last week under new management.

CLEAR Resumes Expedited Checkpoint Service At Orlando
Nov 10, 2010 12:14 PM (ET)

Officials at Orlando International announced that CLEAR, the expedited security checkpoint processing program, has resumed operation at the airport.

The program is now operated by a new owner, Alclear. Under the terms of the agreement, Alclear has signed a 10-year contract with two five-year options to renew. The company also has agreed to reinstate all previous CLEAR memberships.

Clear Pass Returning At DIA KKTV News (Colo.) - Nov 01, 2010 07:44 PM (ET)
Passengers at Denver International Airport once again have the option to bypass long lines at security checkpoints.

Clear Reopening Lanes At Orlando Airport On Nov. 9 Orlando Business Journal - Oct 21, 2010 03:18 PM (ET)
Clear, a biometric-based registered traveler program for airport security, will reopen designated Clear lanes at Orlando International Airport on Nov. 9.

Fast Security Lane Returns To Airport Friday Florida Times-Union - Sep 29, 2010 08:47 PM (ET)
Starting Friday, a security “fast lane” is to return to the Jacksonville International Airport.

JIA To Offer Security Fast Track To Elite Travelers Jacksonville Business Journal - Aug 24, 2010 11:56 AM (ET)
Travelers with a preferred or elite flight designation will be able to get through security faster at Jacksonville International Airport starting in October. Travelers who have special privileges with airlines, such as American Airlines’ Admiral Club and Continental Airlines' EliteAccess, can use a designated and shorter lane.

Jacksonville To Offer Designated Security Lanes
Aug 23, 2010 03:29 PM (ET)

Jacksonville Aviation Authority Monday announced that it will begin offering a faster designated security lane at Jacksonville International Airport in October.

Travelers who have elite flight designations with airlines will be able to use a special lane to get through security screening. In addition, business travelers who have premium prepaid monthly parking at the airport will also be able to take advantage of the faster security lines.

“We think this new customer service program will be a welcome addition at JAX,” said airport spokesman Michael Stewart. “The new security express lane will be especially good news to our frequent business travelers.” JAA will announce the start date soon.

JAA is also planning to re-institute the registered traveler program once a contractor can be identified. The program will allow travelers without a preferred or elite airline designation to pay an annual fee to access the preferred security lane. When the service would be expanded to these users is unknown, and Stewart estimated it would cost $75 to $150 annually.

Clear Service Set To Resume In December At Airport Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel - Aug 18, 2010 09:33 PM (ET)
Orlando International Airport should have its new security checkpoint fast-lane opened by Christmas, and perhaps by Thanksgiving.

'Speedy' Security Lanes Re-Open At Indianapolis International Airport Fox59 News - Aug 16, 2010 03:34 PM (ET)
Starting Monday, it will be easier for registered travelers to get thru security at the Indianapolis International Airport with the re-opening of expedited security lanes.

Indy Airport Lands Express Security Checkpoint Service Indianapolis Star - Jul 30, 2010 07:14 AM (ET)
Indianapolis International Airport will be the first in the country to launch a rebranded version of the nationwide registered-traveler program that once had thousands of members until it shut down a year ago.

Airport Check-In: Customs To Expand Registered Traveler Program USA Today - Jul 19, 2010 06:21 AM (ET)
Expect to see more ads from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, enticing travelers to join its Global Entry.

Orlando International Selects Clear To Restart Registered Traveler Lines USA Today - Jun 21, 2010 03:47 PM (ET)
Orlando International is the latest airport to announce its plan to restart lines for registered travelers, selecting Alclear as its preferred vendor to start negotiating.

Registered Traveler Program Relaunches With Clear, iQueue USA Today - Jun 15, 2010 07:00 AM (ET)
The business of getting travelers to pay for the front-of-the-line privilege at airport security checkpoints is attempting a comeback.

Denver To Host Clear's Planned Resurrection Business Travel News - Jun 04, 2010 03:39 PM (ET)
Registered Traveler provider Clear plans to relaunch security-screening lanes this fall at Denver International Airport, the first airport to reaffirm plans to host the program whose previous owners abruptly shuttered it last summer and subsequently spiraled into bankruptcy.

Airport Fast-Lane Program Clear Plans A Return At DIA Denver Business Journal - Jun 03, 2010 04:22 PM (ET)
A service touting faster passage through security checks at Denver International Airport is slated to return in the fall with the same name as the old service -- Clear -- but with a new owner.

Firm Plans To Restart Airport Security Express Service Los Angeles Times - Jun 01, 2010 05:59 AM (ET)
It has been nearly a year since a new screening service to zip passengers through airport security abruptly shut down, sending 160,000 paying customers back to regular passenger lines.

Registered Traveler Program iQueue Opens In Indianapolis USA Today - May 10, 2010 09:20 PM (ET)
Indianapolis International will be the first U.S. airport to restore the Registered Traveler program, which expedites airport security for pre-screened members.

Airport Express Security To Relaunch Orlando Sentinel - May 05, 2010 06:09 AM (ET)
The popular but financially broken Clear registered-traveler program at Orlando International Airport has gotten two boosts along the comeback trail, including Tuesday's announcement that a company intends to have the program operating again at certain U.S. airports by this fall.

A Rapid Security Check Could Be Revived At Airports New York Times - May 04, 2010 10:20 PM (ET)
The idea of a monthly subscription service that allows people to jump to the head of airport security lines by submitting to a fingerprint or iris scan may be getting another chance.

Registered Traveler Program Struggles For Revival Business Travel News - Apr 06, 2010 06:48 AM (ET)
When a firm called Alclear in late January inked an agreement to buy bankrupt Registered Traveler provider Verified Identity Pass for nearly $6 million, the would-be owner planned to re-launch the program before the end of May.

Former Registered Traveler Program Leader Files For Chapter 11 Pending A Sale Business Travel News - Dec 03, 2009 10:55 PM (ET)
Verified Identity Pass, which ceased operations this summer as the dominant operator of the Registered Traveler program and brought the expedited airport screening industry to a halt, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday as it seeks to close the imminent sale to an undisclosed "prospective buyer."

Three Companies Bid To Revive Clear Airport Service Orlando Sentinel - Oct 07, 2009 08:33 PM (ET)
One morning last June, 200,000 clients of the Clear service awoke to discover their company was suddenly gone and their $200 annual fees no longer bought swift passage through security checkpoints at Orlando International and other airports.

Three Companies Bid To Revive Clear Airport Service Orlando Sentinel - Oct 07, 2009 04:32 PM (ET)
One morning last June, 200,000 clients of the Clear service awoke to discover their company was suddenly gone and their $200 annual fees no longer bought swift passage through security checkpoints at Orlando International and other airports. The four-year "registered traveler" program, which allowed frequent fliers to buy front-of-the-line privileges at participating airports, seemed over.

Skip Heathrow Airport Wait For £50 Mirror (U.K.) - Oct 05, 2009 01:24 PM (ET)
Passengers will be able to jump long airport immigration queues by paying s50.

AAAE Testifies At Hearing On Future Of Registered Traveler Program
Sep 30, 2009 08:36 PM (ET)

A key House Homeland Security subcommittee Wednesday held a hearing to discuss the future of the Registered Traveler (RT) program.

Given its long-standing support for the RT program and role in developing the technical standards for the program and facilitating program interoperability, AAAE was invited to testify along with TSA and potential RT service providers.

AAAE’s testimony was delivered by Senior Vice President, Transportation Security Policy Carter Morris.

Lawmakers continue to express strong support for a future RT program and repeatedly pressed TSA to take steps to allow the program to move forward.

For its part, TSA reiterated its position that the agency does not oppose RT but sees no security value in the program.

Several service providers testified that they are prepared to begin RT operations in the near future.

AAAE legislative members may view the full hearing report online at http://www.aaae.org/federal_affairs/airport_legislative_alliance/hearing_reports/.

'Clear' Security Service May Return At Airports New York Times - Sep 30, 2009 04:08 PM (ET)
Verified Identity Pass, a company founded by the entrepreneur Steven Brill, offered travelers a tempting proposition: pay up to $199 a year, submit to a fingerprint and iris scan, and skip to the front of interminable airport security lines.

Airport To Let Pre-Approved Travelers Bypass Security Honolulu Advertiser - Aug 17, 2009 05:46 PM (ET)
Honolulu International Airport will become one of 13 airports across the country that will allow pre-approved, "trusted air travelers" to bypass normal security measures for international travel starting on Au1g. 24, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

NBTA, Flo Attempt To Revive Reg. Traveler Business Travel News - Jul 28, 2009 12:10 PM (ET)
Since dominant Registered Traveler provider Verified Identity Pass in late June abruptly halted operations, some customers have sued the company for breach of contract, one of its competitors, Vigilant Solutions, also folded, and the remaining provider, Flo Corp., suspended operations at the only airport where it operated.

Customers Seek What Was Lost In Travel Company's Closing Wall Street Journal - Jun 29, 2009 10:26 AM (ET)
Even as some travelers bemoan the demise of a major registered-traveler company - and with it their ability to jump to the front of airport security lines - others are wishing they hadn't just paid $199 for a year of the now-discontinued service.

Clear RT Program Closes Down
Jun 23, 2009 09:25 PM (ET)

Verified Identity Pass, which operates the Clear registered traveler program in 18 airports, shut down its operations late Monday. A message on the company’s Web site said the company “had been unable to negotiate an agreement with its senior creditor to continue operations.”

The Web site notice said that, “Applicant and Member data is currently secured in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s Security, Privacy and Compliance Standards. Verified Identity Pass, Inc. will continue to secure such information and will take appropriate steps to delete the information.” The company also said that, “At the present time, because of its financial condition, Verified Identity Pass, Inc. cannot issue refunds.”

Hartsfield's Clear Site Is Company's Busiest Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mar 11, 2009 08:25 PM (ET)
The company that provides paid security lanes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport said Wednesday that its Atlanta site has become the busiest of its 20 operations. Officials with Clear, which charges customers about $200 a year for the guarantee they can clear security in five minutes, said 100,000 passengers have used the Hartsfield-Jackson paid lanes since they began operating five months ago.

Clear Opens RT Lanes At Boston Logan
Oct 16, 2008 06:35 AM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler said it has opened lanes at Delta’s Terminal A security checkpoint at Boston Logan International. Clear also operates an enrollment center in Terminal A.

'Clear' Lanes Debut At Atlanta Airport Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Oct 01, 2008 08:36 PM (ET)
The world’s busiest airport officially opened its first paid, high-speed security lane Wednesday morning, a potential boon to entrepreneur Steven Brill and thousands of weary road warriors in metro Atlanta. Brill’s New York-based company, Clear, promises its paying customers a five-minute trip through the security gates at the 20 airports where it now operates.

Clear and Vigilant Solutions Reach Interoperability Fee Agreement
Sep 18, 2008 07:14 PM (ET)

Registered Traveler (RT) service providers Clear and Vigilant Solutions announced they have signed a reciprocal fee agreement. That agreement will allow cardholders from Vigilant's two programs in Jacksonville, Fla., and Gulfport, Miss., use their cards at Clear's 17 airports, including those in New York, Atlanta (opening this month), San Francisco, Orlando and Denver airports and for Clear members to be able to use their cards at the Jacksonville and Gulfport-Biloxi airports.

The agreement provides that each company will pay the other an interoperability cost sharing fee (ICSF) each time one of their cardholders uses a lane operated by the other company. The ICSF is based on the cost of operating RT lanes. Both companies' kiosks at the RT lanes are programmed to record the company that issued the card being used, but in order to adhere to strict privacy protections and avoid tracking RT members' travel, the kiosks do not record the identity of an individual.

"This is a landmark step in the growth of this industry," said Clear founder and CEO Steven Brill. "When the program was first conceived," Brill explained, "the American Association of Airport Executives convened an 'interoperability consortium' of industry participants that created a model for this interoperability fee based on the sharing of the costs of operating the RT lane, divided by the number of people using them, which produces a number that is called a 'cost-per-verification.' The Clear-Vigilant agreement puts that model in action," Brill continued, "and in doing so, ensures the growth of a competitive national industry whose customers will be able to use the national network regardless of which of the competitors' cards they have purchased, while also ensuring that each company is compensated fairly for its costs in building and maintaining the national network."

Clear To Open Fast Pass Lanes At Boston Logan's Terminal A
Sep 18, 2008 07:13 PM (ET)

Clear, the Registered Traveler service provider, announced it will open its signature fast pass lanes at Terminal A security checkpoints at Boston Logan International this month. All Clear members will have fast access through the Clear lanes at Boston's Terminal A, where Delta Air Lines' departure gates are located, as well as at 18 other airports nationwide.

"Boston Logan International Airport is one of the country's busiest -- which is tailor-made for the benefits of Clear," said Clear's CEO Steven Brill. "Our relationship with Delta in Boston represents a significant expansion of our fast pass program. We'll be continuing our rollout at Delta terminals this year and in 2009 at other major airports," he added.

TSA Concludes Registered Traveler Test
Jul 28, 2008 04:53 PM (ET)

TSA on July 24 announced the official conclusion of the latest pilot phase of the Registered Traveler (RT) program, known as the Registered Traveler Interoperability Pilot (RTIP).

Launched in 2006, the Registered Traveler Interoperability Pilot was the second phase of testing related to the RT program and was limited to a maximum of 20 airports. There are currently 19 airports with operational RT programs and approximately 150,000 RT participants.

With this announcement, the RT program is no longer a pilot program and can be expanded to any interested airport. Airports still need to contract with private RT service providers approved by TSA to implement the program at their facilities. RT service providers are responsible for enrollment of RT applicants, biometric identification verification of RT participants at the checkpoint and other related services.

Under the permanent RT program, TSA still will be responsible for setting program standards, physical screening at TSA checkpoints, and certain forms of oversight. However, TSA no longer will conduct the Security Threat Assessment (STA) that was part of the background check for participants and no longer will charge the $28 STA fee.

The Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium (RTIC), which was formed by airports and AAAE in 2005 to create a permanent and interoperable RT program, will continue to work with TSA, airports and the RT service providers to ensure that the permanent RT program builds upon airports’ successful experiences during the RTIP and continues to provide interoperable biometric-based identification verification of RT cardholders at participating airports.

TSA Loosens Registered Traveler Reins, Eliminates Security Fee Business Travel News Online - Jul 24, 2008 07:08 PM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration today said it would abandon its 20-airport cap on the number of Registered Traveler national programs and shed its $28 fee for conducting enrollee threat assessments, saying the program will shift from "pilot" mode next week. TSA today also said Registered Traveler providers have the authority to develop their own interoperability relationships within the next 12 months, though technical interoperability standards must be maintained. That means Registered Traveler vendors—including Verified Identity Pass' Clear program and Flo Corp.'s RTgo program—can choose to not accept rival program members at their lanes.

Delta To Begin Registered Traveler Program USA Today - Jun 23, 2008 05:41 PM (ET)
Delta Air Lines is planning to become the first major U.S. carrier to offer its passengers the option of paying for speedier security lines. Delta says it will start the Registered Traveler program this summer at terminals in New York's Kennedy and LaGuardia airports and in Los Angeles International Airport. Registered Traveler offers passengers who pay $128 a year can go through an exclusive line at airport checkpoints that is typically shorter than other security lines.

Clear Fast Pass Lane Opens At SLC International Airport
May 30, 2008 12:43 PM (ET)

Clear, operated by Verified Identity Pass, has opened an expedited security lane at Salt Lake City International Airport. In addition to Salt Lake City, the company operates fast pass lanes at 17 other airports nationwide.

Airport Moves Step Closer To Security Fast Lanes Atlanta Journal-Constitution - May 13, 2008 05:21 PM (ET)
New York-based Clear said the Atlanta airport has picked the company to run a high-speed security line for paying members, although the pilot program still will require approval from the City Council. The tentative approval means the world's busiest airport could soon have one or two designated lanes handling passengers who hope to breeze through security in a few minutes.

Salt Lake City Selects Clear RT Program
Apr 15, 2008 09:46 PM (ET)

Clear announced that it was chosen to operate Registered Traveler lanes at Salt Lake City International. All airlines operating from Salt Lake City and their passengers will be able to use Clear’s fast pass lanes before this summer, the company said.

“We are pleased to offer customers another option for efficiently navigating the security checkpoints,” commented Maureen Riley, executive director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports, “It will streamline the process for all users.”

Separately, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International said it would spend $25 million to increase the number of security lanes at the airport and would defer a decision on implementing an RT program until the effectiveness of the new lanes can be evaluated.

The construction project involves increasing the number of lanes at the existing Terminal North checkpoint from three to six, removing outdated screening equipment and adding four new lanes to Terminal South, the airport said. These changes will bring the net total to 32 lanes for security screening. The current number of checkpoint locations is 28.

Construction of the new lanes is scheduled to be completed before the end of the 2008 summer travel season.

Airport General Manager Ben DeCosta, A.A.E., said, “We are partnering with the Transportation Security Administration to have these new security lanes fully staffed. We are confident that through this partnership we will increase the amount of passengers screened per hour, which will decrease wait times while also maintaining a high level of security.”

SLC International Airport To Speed Up Security Inspections With Clear Lanes Salt Lake Tribune - Apr 15, 2008 03:51 PM (ET)
Travelers at Salt Lake City International Airport will have a new option for navigating security by this summer. The airport announced it will use "Clear Lanes" operated by Verified Identity Pass Inc. The company issues passes to pre-approved travelers to go through lines that use fingerprint and iris scans to determine identities. The pass costs travelers $100 per year, plus a $28 Transportation Security Administration vetting fee.

Delay For Speedy Lanes In Atlanta USA Today - Apr 14, 2008 09:20 PM (ET)
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, the world's busiest airport, said Friday that it will postpone its plans to establish Registered Traveler lanes. Instead, the airport will add four security lanes, bringing the total to 32, by the end of summer. The airport "will defer its decision on a pilot program until we have experience with the new security checkpoint configuration," said Ben DeCosta, airport general manager, in a statement.

Registered Traveler Program Hub Surpasses 100,000 Enrollments
Apr 03, 2008 02:21 PM (ET)

AAAE’s Central Information Management System (CIMS), the secure, efficient and trusted network that links airports running the TSA Registered Traveler (RT) program and their locally contracted service providers, recently processed its 100,000th passenger enrollment record, a significant milestone for the growing RT program.

CIMS allows approved service providers to deliver interoperable RT services at participating airports across the country. This means that a passenger can enroll in any provider’s RT program and seamlessly use all of the RT lanes around the country.

“A reliable, interoperable Registered Traveler program that meets the highest security standards is a significant benefit to airports and the traveling public,” said AAAE President Charles Barclay. “We are committed to maintaining the efficiency and integrity of the RT program by keeping CIMS working flawlessly and continuing to work closely with the RT service providers and TSA.”

Currently, AAAE, through its Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC) subsidiary, has agreements with five RT service providers. Three of them, Verified Identity Pass (Clear), Unisys, and Vigilant, offer RT services at a total of 17 U.S. airports.

“Enabling each Registered Traveler member to use any participating airport’s service offering is a key part of what makes the program appealing to travelers,” said Steven Brill, CEO and founder of Clear. “We now have 128,000 people signed up online, and more than 100,000 have now taken the next step and completed the in-person phase of enrollment and been sent through the CIMS. AAAE and its CIMS have been performing flawlessly in their role of connecting Clear customers to the Registered Traveler program. In fact, even though our volume has soared in recent weeks, they are actually getting faster in processing our new members.”

The CIMS, part of TSC, is responsible for several key RT functions, including processing all records, interfacing with the TSA for background checks, ensuring a chain of trust from vetted enrollments and issued credentials, and sending alerts to all service providers regarding revoked credentials.

The accuracy of the CIMS is critical to the efficiency and security of the RT program. By binding a registered traveler’s identity to a biometrically verifiable and encrypted smart card, airports and TSA can be sure, every time, that the appropriate individual is cleared and receiving the benefits of the program. Thanks to CIMS, the RT program has never permitted someone to go through an RT checkpoint that has not been vetted and approved by the TSA background screening system and verified as being currently eligible to receive RT benefits.

AAAE Meets With DHS Secretary Chertoff
Apr 01, 2008 10:24 PM (ET)

AAAE President Charles Barclay and Senior Vice President for Security Policy Carter Morris, along with approved Registered Traveler (RT) service providers and other aviation organizations, met Monday with DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and TSA Administrator Kip Hawley to discuss the progress of the RT program.

At the meeting, Barclay highlighted the collaborative Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium (RTIC) effort among airports, RT service providers and TSA that helped to create the RT program. He urged Chertoff to continue to engage the RTIC and its airport members as the RT program expands and evolves.

The group also discussed ways in which DHS and TSA can improve the RT program, including allowing the RT card to be presented in lieu of a government-issued photo ID at the passenger screening checkpoint at airports participating in the RT program. Currently, RT participants must present their government-issued photo IDs and also use their RT cards for identification verification at the RT kiosk.

The RT program currently is operational at 17 airport locations across the country with approximately 100,000 individual RT participants.

Express Security Lands At Airport San Francisco Chronicle - Mar 27, 2008 11:40 AM (ET)
Oakland International Airport will open express lanes through security lines beginning today for travelers willing to pay $100 and submit to a background check. The lanes offer travelers who register for the Clear program and pass the background check to skip to the front of the security line, although they still must submit to the full screening. A Clear lane will open in each of Oakland's two terminals.

To Speed Past Airport Security, Some Fliers Barely Lift A Finger Washington Post - Mar 24, 2008 11:41 AM (ET)
Fast-pass security lanes officially opened at Reagan National and Dulles airports Wednesday for travelers with special clearance. Here's how it works: Fliers undergo a Transportation Security Administration background check and have personal data, plus iris and fingerprint scans, put on a card.

AAAE Applauds Expansion Of Registered Traveler Program To Nation's Capital
Mar 20, 2008 10:50 AM (ET)

AAAE President Charles Barclay Wednesday applauded the expansion of the Registered Traveler (RT) program with the opening of RT lanes at Washington-Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

“The expansion of the Registered Traveler program to key airports in the nation’s capital will further highlight the program’s value in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of screening operations and in serving the needs of the traveling public,” Barclay said. “Airport executives look forward to continuing our work with TSA and service providers to make the program even more effective as it grows to additional airports across the country.”

AAAE’s ties to the RT program are extensive. Barclay was part of a select group of industry officials invited by then-DOT Secretary Norm Mineta to participate in the Secretary’s Rapid Response Team on Airport Security created following the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Creating an RT program was one of the team’s recommendations, and the concept was later endorsed by the 9/11 Commission.

AAAE has long been active in advocating for the program on behalf of its members. Through the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium, the association was instrumental in bringing airport executives and numerous other private sector interests, including the RT vendor and biometrics technology communities, together to work collaboratively with the TSA on developing technical specifications and business rules under which the program now operates.

Additionally, AAAE, through its Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC, http://www.tsc-csc.com) and in partnership with the Security Biometric Clearing Network (SBCN, http://www.sbcn.com), plays a key role with the RT program through operation of the world’s most advanced interoperable identity management system of travelers’ biometric data – the Central Information Management System (CIMS). The CIMS ensures interoperability, security and efficiency in the RT program and is responsible for several key functions, such as processing all records, interfacing with the TSA for background checks, ensuring a chain of trust from vetted enrollments and issued credentials, and sending alerts to all service providers regarding revoked credentials.

“AAAE and the TSC play a critical role in ensuring the RT program operates in accordance with the highest federal standards of security and in a manner that provides airport operators and consumers with critical choices in the marketplace,” Barclay said. “The TSC Central Information Management System ensures that multiple RT cards work in multiple airport locations and that those cards work each and every time. The continued success of the program depends on that kind of consistency, and CIMS provides it seamlessly. We’re proud of the fact that we’ve been able to provide that functionality at a fraction of the cost of similar systems operating for other programs.”

The accuracy of the CIMS is critical to the efficiency and security of the program. By binding a registered traveler’s identity to a biometrically verifiable and encrypted smart card, airports and TSA can be sure, every time, that the appropriate individual is cleared and receiving the benefits of the program. Thanks to CIMS, the RT program has never permitted someone to go through an RT checkpoint that has not been vetted and approved by the TSA background screening system and verified as being currently eligible to receive RT benefits.

TSA Testing Three-Speed Screenings Business Travel News - Mar 18, 2008 05:47 PM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration next month will roll out to six additional airports a pilot program that lets travelers select security lanes geared to their comfort with checkpoint screening processes. Though the free program in part aims to move frequent travelers more quickly through security checkpoints—the underlying premise of the fee-based Registered Traveler program—TSA said the "Self-Select" lanes would not undermine Registered Traveler.

Flying Through Airport Security Wall Street Journal - Feb 27, 2008 12:41 AM (ET)
On a crowded Tuesday morning at Orlando International Airport, Lou Stanislao, a 61-year-old project manager and frequent flier, had his fingerprint scanned at a kiosk designated for "registered travelers." His name popped up on the screen, allowing him to move into another line -- where he doffed his shoes and handed over his bag for scanning. Next, he showed his ID and ticket to a security agent and picked up his belongings. In all, he breezed through airport security in five minutes.

Vigilant Solution's Software To Be Used At Mississippi Airport Jacksonville (Fla.) Business Journal - Feb 15, 2008 06:32 AM (ET)
FlyBy Pass LLC will use software developed by Vigilant Solutions LLC to run its program offering expedited security screening at airports. Jacksonville Beach-based Vigilant Solutions operates Preferred Traveler, an enhanced version of the Transportation Security Administration's Registered Traveler program, at Jacksonville International Airport and Gulfport-Biloxi (Miss.)International Airport.

Perfectly 'Clear' Washington Times - Feb 13, 2008 03:37 PM (ET)
Frequent fliers started getting their eyes and fingerprints scanned at two Washington-area airports yesterday for a fast track through security checkpoints. Passengers now can have their fingerprints and irises digitally encoded into a Registered Traveler card at airport enrollment stations.

AAAE's TSC Announces Contract With RT Service Provider FLO
Feb 07, 2008 08:02 PM (ET)

AAAE announced Thursday that FLO Corp. has contracted to use AAAE’s Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC)—including its Transportation Security Administration-designated Central Information Management System (CIMS)—as part of the company’s participation in the Registered Traveler (RT) program.

Luke Thomas, FLO executive vice president, stated, “We are pleased to enter into this agreement for use of the CIMS program; AAAE’s leadership in building out the required infrastructure to support the growing RT industry is laudable. The program allows service providers such as FLO to aggressively drive adoption from the 1 percent or so of the addressable market that has been enrolled thus far to a truly national program. Moreover, this agreement will clear the way for FLO to complete its acquisition of certain assets related to Unisys’s rtGO RT business.”

FLO is the fifth RT vendor to sign an agreement with the TSC. AAAE Senior Vice President Carter Morris is encouraged by the growing number of partners working with the TSC for CIMS services. “The CIMS has had a remarkable start building on the TSC’s proven track record supporting many critical Transportation Security Administration vetting and credentialing programs for the aviation industry,” Morris said. “The Clearinghouse CIMS system has enrolled more than 70,000 registered travelers from three unique companies that provide the TSA-approved service on a network that seamlessly brings together TSA, airport checkpoints and their customers.

“We are pleased with the progress CIMS has made since its launch,” Morris continued. “More importantly, we’re proud to be working in partnership with TSA, airports, and a growing number of service providers to support the ultimate goal of simultaneously improving security and efficiency at the nation’s airports.”

The TSC began operating the CIMS in November 2006. The CIMS, the world’s most advanced information management system of travelers’ biometric data, is necessary to ensure interoperability, security and efficiency in the RT program. The CIMS performs several key functions, including processing all records, interfacing with the TSA for background checks, ensuring a chain of trust from vetted enrollments and issued credentials, and sending alerts to all service providers regarding revoked credentials.

Most importantly, the CIMS is what makes the RT program interoperable, and seamless, for travelers. Through the CIMS, vendors such as FLO Corporation offer RT services at participating airports, and passengers enrolled in any airport’s program can take advantage of every airport’s program.

Currently, 14 airports have operational RT programs, and more airports have signed agreements with vendors to offer the service. The TSC and its CIMS play an integral part in each program through service contracts with all of the RT vendors.

The RT program provides expedited security screening processes and an extra layer of security for passengers who volunteer biometric and biographic information to a TSA-approved RT vendor and successfully complete a TSA-conducted security threat assessment. RT is a private sector program, facilitated by the TSA.

Clear Opens Fast Pass Lanes
Jan 31, 2008 07:04 AM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler Wednesday announced the opening of the fast pass lanes at Denver International Airport (DIA). Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper demonstrated the service at the Jeppesen Terminal’s south side by using his Clear card to pass through airport security in about two minutes. The express security lanes also are open on the A Bridge. The Clear lanes on the north side of the Jeppesen Terminal will open in March. All departing passengers at all airlines will be served by the Clear lanes.

"Clear's airport security fast-pass service is a great example of how we can use innovative technology to further enhance customer service at Denver International Airport," said Hickenlooper. "Participating travelers can now speed through security checkpoints as safely and securely as ever.”

“This has been a much-requested service, and we are pleased that it’s now available to our passengers,” said DIA Aviation Manager Turner West.

The opening comes as Clear announces a multi-year marketing partnership with Denver-based Frontier Airlines to offer Clear to Frontier’s EarlyReturns loyalty program members. Frontier has purchased memberships to provide Summit Tier members a complimentary year of Clear beginning this February. All other EarlyReturns members receive an extra month of Clear when they enroll at flyclear.com/frontier.

DIA Lanes Faster For Some Denver Post - Jan 30, 2008 02:13 PM (ET)
Registered Traveler lanes open at Denver International Airport this morning, allowing those who pay a fee to go through a separate, potentially faster security line. To kick off the program, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will use a card at DIA to verify his identity for Registered Traveler, a federal Transportation Security Administration program that allows private companies to register approved passengers to go through a separate security line.

Gulfport-Biloxi To Add RT Program
Jan 29, 2008 09:52 PM (ET)

Vigilant Solutions will introduce its Preferred Traveler Registered Traveler program at Gulfport-Biloxi (Miss.) International on Jan. 30, the company said.

The program will have three levels of membership, offering services that range from access to expedited security lines in the Silver membership category to access to a VIP lounge and business center in the Platinum level.

Flying Through DIA Security Rocky Mountain News (Denver) - Jan 29, 2008 02:23 PM (ET)
Members of a new program at Denver International Airport will be able to breeze through security checkpoints starting this week. The Clear Registered Traveler program, operated by Verified Identity Pass, officially launches Wednesday morning at DIA with a demonstration by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Clearly, Some Are Different Washington Post - Jan 28, 2008 05:20 PM (ET)
Two of Washington's airports -- Dulles and Reagan National -- will soon be part of the federal government's Registered Traveler program, which offers passengers the happy prospect of getting through security lines faster, swifter, better. (Ninety thousand of them and counting have enrolled.)

Some Oakland Airport Passengers Will Have A Clear Advantage East Bay (Calif.) Business Times - Jan 28, 2008 06:43 AM (ET)
Frequent fliers will soon be able to take the first step toward improving their travel lives at Oakland International Airport with the installation of an express passenger security lane that should be operational by April. The Port of Oakland's board of commissioners, which oversees airport operations, has approved the express lane, which is similar to lanes already available at the airport's two main rivals - San Francisco and Mineta San Jose international airports.

Getting Through Airport Security Could Get A Lot Easier 9News.com (Colo.) - Jan 22, 2008 02:15 PM (ET)
The card that helps you clear airport security in about four minutes is now much easier to get. The Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver has opened a new enrollment station in its hotel lobby.

Oakland Airport Selects Verified Identity Pass For RT Program
Jan 22, 2008 11:03 AM (ET)

Oakland (Calif.) International selected Verified Identity Pass to operate its RT program. The airport said that it will allocate space at the passenger screening checkpoints in Terminals 1 and 2 to allow RT enrollment stations to open next month.

D.C. Airport Pass Speeds Travelers Clear To The Gate Washington Post - Jan 17, 2008 03:23 PM (ET)
Washington area travelers will soon be able to speed more quickly through airport security if they are willing to pay a fee, provide personal information to the government and allow their fingerprints and eyes to be scanned at checkpoints. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Reagan National and Dulles International airports, awarded a contract yesterday to a company that operates the federal government's security program, which is known as Registered Traveler.

Security shortcut for frequent fliers coming to Oakland airport San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 17, 2008 11:45 AM (ET)
A business that offers travelers a shortcut through airport security lines has been selected to operate the program at Oakland International Airport beginning in April. The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, which operates the airport, chose Clear to operate its registered traveler program.

Airports Authority Creates Screening Fast Lane WTOP Radio (Washington) - Jan 16, 2008 03:37 PM (ET)
A fast lane will be added to security screening lines at local airports thanks to a new national registration program approved by authorities Wednesday. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority expects to have the Registered Traveler Program up and running at Ronald Reagan Washington National and Dulles International Airports by spring.

Registration To Ease International Travel Federal Computer Week - Jan 04, 2008 04:45 PM (ET)
International travelers will soon have the option of registering in advance to speed their passage through security checkpoints at U.S. airports, thanks to provisions in the fiscal 2008 omnibus spending package signed into law Dec. 27, 2007. Under the legislation, officials would publish guidelines for an international registered traveler program within a year.

Security Program Expands Florida Today (Melbourne) - Dec 13, 2007 03:58 PM (ET)
Denver International Airport has installed the Clear security screening technology, and will open it to the public at the end of January. An enrollment center is open there, where people can apply for their Clear safe traveler identification, which enables passengers to get through airport security checks much more quickly.

Clear RT Begins Enrollment At Denver
Dec 12, 2007 06:15 AM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler and Denver International announced that a Clear enrollment center is now open at the airport.

Multiple enrollment stations will open in early January at pre- and post-security sites in the airport and at locations downtown. Clear will begin operation of the express security lanes at the airport later in January.

Clear RT Opens Center At Denver Hyatt
Dec 05, 2007 08:46 AM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler (RT) announced that it has opened an enrollment center at the Denver Hyatt Regency Tech Center through a partnership with Hyatt Hotels.

In October, Denver International said that a registered traveler program would be launched at the airport after the holidays. Clear said it will operate the RT lanes at Denver International, beginning in early January. An airport enrollment center will be installed at the airport this month.

Pass To Speed Trip Through DIA Security Denver Post - Dec 04, 2007 05:59 PM (ET)
Travelers looking for the fast lane at Denver International Airport can actually start at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. The Denver Tech Center hotel has installed a kiosk from Clear, a New York-based company that provides an airport-security fast-pass program.

Clear to Expand Fast Lane Network To Denver International
Oct 30, 2007 10:48 AM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler (RT) announced that it has been chosen in a competitive bidding process to operate Clear lanes at Denver International. Denver area enrollment stations will open in the next month in cooperation with Hyatt Hotels, and Clear's express security lanes will launch this winter. All airlines operating from the airport, and their passengers, will be able to use Clear's fast pass lanes.

Clear RT cards currently are accepted at Albany, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Little Rock (Ark.), New York Kennedy International, Newark, Orlando, Reno, San Francisco, San Jose and Westchester County (N.Y.) airports

Clear RT Opens Enrollment Center
Oct 02, 2007 09:09 PM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler (RT) said it will open an enrollment center at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. The company in August opened Clear lanes at San Francisco International, and travelers began using their Clear cards in September.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco is the third Hyatt to accommodate a Clear enrollment kiosk. Both the Hyatt Regency San Francisco at Embarcadero Center and Grand Hyatt New York at Grand Central Terminal currently host Clear enrollment centers.

In addition to San Francisco International, Clear RT cards currently are accepted at Albany, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Little Rock (Ark.), New York Kennedy International, Newark, Orlando, Reno, San Jose and Westchester County (N.Y.) airports.

Registered-Traveler Lanes Making Airport Security Faster East Bay (Calif.) Business Times - Oct 01, 2007 09:33 AM (ET)
San Francisco International Airport this month joined Mineta San Jose International and a handful of other airports nationally in opening Clear lanes that speed registered passengers through security quickly, and, to the relief of weary travelers, without their having to remove their shoes. Oakland International Airport will soon join them.

AirTran To Become First U.S. Airline To Sponsor Reg. Traveler Lanes Business Travel News - Sep 25, 2007 04:10 PM (ET)
Although most domestic carriers have been reluctant to partner with Registered Traveler providers, and their lobbying group, the Air Transport Association, has remained opposed to the program, providers said they are seeking ways to partner with carriers without compromising airline status programs that get elite travelers to the front of the line. A few foreign carriers, including Air France, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, have sponsored lanes in conjunction with Registered Traveler provider Verified Identity Pass.

Clear RT Opens At San Francisco
Sep 19, 2007 07:18 AM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler (RT) announced the opening of its express security lanes at both domestic terminals at San Francisco International.

Last month, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom officially opened the Clear enrollment stations at the airport, and applications for membership reached into the thousands. The Clear lanes in San Francisco’s International Terminal will open in mid-October, completing the airport’s rollout of the program.

San Francisco is the 11th airport with Clear RT service. Later this month, LaGuardia will become the 12th airport to implement Clear, the company said.

LaGuardia Opens Registered Traveler Enrollement Station
Aug 23, 2007 12:05 PM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler (RT) announced the opening of the Clear enrollment station at LaGuardia airport’s Central Terminal where Clear will launch RT lanes in September.

With the addition of LaGuardia, travelers at all three New York-area airports will be able to access Clear’s fast pass lanes.

Clear’s enrollment station at LaGuardia is located on the departure level of the Central Terminal, next to the checkpoint for B Gates.

RT Enrollment Begins At San Francisco
Aug 17, 2007 05:33 PM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler (RT) enrollment stations opened last week at San Francisco International and the program will be in operation beginning in September.

Clear’s enrollment stations at San Francisco International are located in Terminals 1 and 3. The company will expand enrollment to the International Terminal this fall. In addition to the enrollment stations within the airport, Clear has opened enrollment kiosks at the Hyatt Regency (Embarcadero).

Fast Check To Debut At S.F. Airport San Jose Mercury News - Aug 17, 2007 03:20 PM (ET)
Passengers who use Clear registered-traveler cards to speed through security checkpoints at Mineta San Jose International Airport will soon be able to use their cards at San Francisco International. Verified Identity, the company that operates the Clear program, opened two enrollment stations at San Francisco International on Wednesday.

New Program To Let Some Fliers Breeze Through Westchester airport Security Lines Westchester (N.Y.) Journal News - Aug 17, 2007 10:38 AM (ET)
Frustrated by how long it takes to get through airport security? A new program at Westchester County Airport will soon allow certain travelers to breeze past the lines.

SFO To Unveil Speedy Security Scan For Travelers San Francisco Business Times - Aug 13, 2007 01:02 PM (ET)
San Francisco's airport might do big business by allowing some travelers to cut to the front of the security line. San Francisco International Airport signed a deal to take part in the nation's registered traveler program, which allows federally approved flyers to get quick security screening.

Little Rock National Airport to Open Registered Travel Lanes Arkansas Business - Aug 09, 2007 04:19 PM (ET)
The Little Rock National Airport on Wednesday took its first steps toward installing registered travel lanes, allowing for expedited access through airport security to registered members. Clear, one of the nation's registered traveler lane providers, opened an enrollment center at the airport on Tuesday.

TSA's Hawley Questioned About RT
Aug 06, 2007 12:58 AM (ET)

TSA Chief Kip Hawley faced aggressive questioning from members of a House homeland security subcommittee last week regarding the future of the Registered Traveler (RT) program. A number of lawmakers and members of the vendor community contend that TSA doesn’t approve new technology fast enough or provide screening benefits to program participants.

Subcommittee members who support the concept of the RT program pledged to push TSA to provide additional support for the program. Lawmakers want TSA to do more, so that the promises of the program, including defined screening benefits for program participants, can be achieved.

RT service provider Clear/VIP CEO Steve Brill testified that TSA has failed to approve “shoe sniffing” equipment that is being developed by VIP partner company GE. He also said that the agency requires more identification for program participants than for other passengers and refuses to exempt program participants from secondary screening.

Hawley told panel members that he is not comfortable providing additional screening benefits to program participants, given that the GE shoe scanning technology has not yet met standards established by the agency. Further, he noted that program participants are checked against terrorist watch lists only, as opposed to more vigorous background checks.

Hawley also noted that, “As much as the RT concept appeals to all of us, it would be security folly to reduce security based only on the lack of prior criminal or discovered terrorist activity. The reality of the ‘clean skinned’ terrorist—a terrorist without criminal history or identification on a watch list—was made abundantly clear in July of 2005 when such terrorists attacked the London transit system. After prioritizing our security initiatives on a risk basis, TSA decided that taxpayer resources were best applied to more critical needs than RT. However, given the extraordinary public interest in the program, and the appealing logic behind it, TSA was willing to give wide latitude to private sector entrepreneurs, airlines and airports if they were able to construct an RT program that did not increase risk to the system. It was this private sector-led program that TSA announced in February of 2006.”

'Fast Lane' Service At Albany Airport Gets 200 Subscribers Albany Business Review - Aug 02, 2007 02:44 PM (ET)
A new security fast lane at Albany International Airport has lured more than 200 subscribers to the $99.95 service. The new iris and fingerprint scan system and service was introduced at the Albany airport this week, but frequent fliers have been signing up since mid July.

New Program Claims Faster Passage Through Security At Albany Airport Berkshire Eagle (Mass.) - Aug 02, 2007 11:03 AM (ET)
The Albany International Airport will become the seventh airport in the nation today to adopt the Registered Traveler Program. The program is developed by Clear, a leading service provider of registered traveler (RT) lanes at national airports.

Senate approves Registered Traveler For Non-U.S. Fliers Washington Technology - Jul 31, 2007 02:13 PM (ET)
Foreign visitors to the United States would be able to sign up voluntarily as international registered travelers under a provision in the Homeland Security Department spending bill passed by the Senate last week. The international program would operate similarly to the existing Registered Traveler program for domestic travelers within the U.S., sponsored by airports and DHS.

Survey Reveals Overwhelming Support For Registered Traveler
Jul 31, 2007 10:23 AM (ET)

Results and analysis from an airport security survey of travel industry professionals as well as individual travelers were released today. The Airport Passenger Screening Survey, the first major survey of its kind in two years, was commissioned by FLO Corporation and conducted by Business Travel Coalition (BTC) during July 2007. (Survey results can be accessed at http://www.fastlaneoption.com/.)

Consistent with the 2005 Airport Passenger Screening Survey, also conducted by BTC, participants indicate overwhelming support for the Registered Traveler (RT) program. Some 82% of survey participants indicated that they would like the airlines they travel on to embrace RT. A vast majority, 80% of respondents, would pay $99 for a RT membership in return for consistently expeditious security checkpoint processing, without any other in- lane benefits such as not having to remove shoes, laptops and coats.

FLO Corporation Chief Executive Officer Glenn Argenbright stated, "Travelers are indicating that not having to remove shoes or laptops would be a convenience. However, what is truly important to them is expeditious security lane processing that is predictable and consistent from airport to airport such that a business executive would not have to leave a customer's office 45 minutes early because of not knowing what to expect at an airport on any given day."

Importantly, the survey also found that 38% of survey participants would be Extremely or Very Interested in paying $199 to upgrade from a basic RT membership offering to a premier RT membership with benefits beyond security processing that could include reserved parking at one's home airport, remote baggage check-in at hotels, airport concession discounts and global assistance. Only 6% said they were not interested at all.

"It is true that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pilot programs, and early airport RT implementations, were necessarily stripped down initiatives that only envisioned "front-of-the-line" benefits, perhaps including not having to remove shoes or laptops -- what BTC calls RT 1.0. These survey results, however, from a customer service perspective, deeply underscore the promise of RT 2.0, a more mature, customer-responsive benefits platform," said BTC Chairman Kevin Mitchell.

TSA for some time has encouraged RT service providers to be creative in developing other value-added RT benefits not related to the security checkpoint. These new survey results validate TSA's instincts that to have the broadest possible commercial appeal, consumers would like the options of membership packages with different benefits at varying price points. The broader the appeal, the faster RT can reach critical mass at the national level and, as such, fulfill the TSA RT security mission of moving travelers quickly into secure areas of airports.

BWI Is Considering Joining Registered Traveler Program Baltimore Examiner - Jul 27, 2007 03:23 PM (ET)
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is considering joining this fall with other airports that have implemented a program that speeds up passengers’ wait time at security checkpoints. More than 45,000 customers have signed up through the Clear Registered Traveler program, and six airports use RT lanes, as well as three airlines at selected airports.

Registered Traveler Update New York Times - Jul 24, 2007 02:49 PM (ET)
The Registered Travel program continues to emerge — slowly. Verified Identity Pass, which runs Clear, the first version of the program to be in operation, said it would open and market a Clear lane at La Guardia Airport in New York in a partnership with AirTran Airways.

Clear, AirTran Begin RT Partnership
Jul 20, 2007 06:39 PM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler (RT) and AirTran on Friday announced an RT partnership that includes the operation of fast lanes at LaGuardia’s Central Terminal and nationwide co-marketing efforts.

The Clear-AirTran Airways co-marketing partnership includes large-scale e-mail efforts, advertising campaigns and on-board promotions to be rolled out nationwide, the two companies said.

The enrollment center at LaGuardia, where fingerprints and iris images will be recorded, will open in August, and the program will be fully operational in September, Clear said.

Clear currently has fast lanes in place at Orlando, New York Kennedy International, Newark Liberty, San Jose, Cincinnati and Indianapolis airports. Clear also opened an enrollment center at Albany (N.Y.) International, which will launch a Clear lane in early August. Additionally, Little Rock National and Westchester (N.Y.) County Airports also will open Clear lanes in August. The company further announced that it has been selected by the San Francisco Airport Commission to open Clear lanes at San Francisco International, subject to final approval of its contract.

OIA-Tested Program Set To Spread Its Wings, Soar Orlando Sentinel - Jul 19, 2007 04:01 PM (ET)
A registered-traveler system that began two years ago at Orlando International Airport and allows paying customers to skip to the front of security lines will announce today that it is expanding into more airports across the country. Executives behind the program, known as Clear, say they will begin processing customers today at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Plan Aims To Reduce Airport Security Hassles Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Jul 17, 2007 12:29 PM (ET)
A program that promises to let paying passengers breeze through security gates without taking off their shoes — and possibly their overcoats — will be tested at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport by fall. solicit proposals from private companies to test the "registered traveler" program at the world's busiest airport, a trial run that will be closely watched by the aviation industry nationwide.

Atlanta Airport To Try Registered Flyer Program AP - Jul 16, 2007 10:47 AM (ET)
A program that lets airline passengers pay to go through security gates more quickly will be tested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by the fall. The airport will begin soliciting proposals from companies to test the registered traveler program in a few weeks, Airport General Manager Ben DeCosta said.

Coming Soon: E-Z Pass For Airport Security CBS News - Jul 11, 2007 02:29 PM (ET)
The E-Z Pass of the air could be coming soon to an airport near you. The registered traveler program, conceived after 9/11 as a way to speed frequent fliers through airports' long and unpredictable security lines, is finally gaining national momentum.

Atlanta Plans Registered Traveler Program USA Today - Jul 02, 2007 05:05 PM (ET)
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, the world's busiest airport, will seek bids from companies to run the government's Registered Traveler program there. The program provides speedy security clearance through a separate line for prescreened subscribers who pay about $100 a year.

Registered Traveler Achieves Interoperability Goal
Jun 29, 2007 10:42 PM (ET)

The Registered Traveler (RT) program reached an important milestone in late June with the introduction of operations at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

The RT program is actively interoperable, with two different private-sector service providers operating at six airports across the country, according to AAAE Senior Vice President Carter Morris. Interoperability is a critical keystone in the RT program that allows cards, regardless of the service provider from which they were issued, to be read and accepted by other providers operating at participating airports. This is accomplished through the Central Information Management System (CIMS), which was developed and is operated by the Security Biometric Clearing Network (SBCN) for the Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC).

“These events are the culmination of the tireless efforts of airports, private industry and the Transportation Security Administration, working as part of the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium (RTIC), to create an interoperable RT program,” Morris said. “As envisioned by airports, industry and TSA, today the program operates on an open platform creating an extremely secure and seamless experience for RT participants around the country.”

“We congratulate AAAE and the founding-member RTIC airport executives who have worked with us from the beginning to achieve the vision of an interoperable, private sector RT program that enhances both security and convenience,” said Steven Brill, founder and CEO of Clear, which is now under contract to operate RT programs at nine airports, including New York Kennedy International, Newark, Orlando and San Jose. “And we congratulate Unisys on their successful launch of a fine program in Reno and on joining an industry where fair competition and robust growth is assured because AAAE has implemented this trailblazing interoperability technology,” he added.

“RT was envisioned as a benefit to travelers that would enhance the security measures TSA has implemented,” said Bryan Ichikawa, program director, rtGO, Unisys. “Thanks to the interoperability work of the RTIC and TSC, that vision is brought to life as Registered Travelers move among participating airports through dedicated security lanes, alleviating some of the screening burden at the regular checkpoints.”

The CIMS is the world’s most advanced interoperable identity management system of its kind, using both fingerprint and iris biometric data. The SBCN, partnering with tier-one biometric and identity management companies such as Daon, Motorola and LG Iris Technology, began operation of the CIMS for the TSC within days of TSA’s approval of the RTIC Technical Interoperability Specification.

Tom Grissen, CEO of Daon commented, “As we have seen in similar initiatives around the world, achieving interoperability on a sophisticated national program such as Registered Traveler relies, not only on leading technology, but also encompasses significant policy issues, as well as legal and operational requirements. Daon has established a best practices approach to gain consensus on how identities are going to be authenticated and handled consistently across all participants in a transaction. We are frequently involved in bringing together the various stakeholders to accomplish these interoperability goals and are proud of the work we have done on the development of CIMS as we continue to demonstrate our long-term commitment to RT through our partnership with SBCN and the service providers.”

The CIMS is necessary to meet the interoperability requirements of the specification and performs several key functions, such as processing all records, interfacing with TSA for background checks, ensuring a chain of trust from vetted enrollments and issued credentials, and sending alerts to all service providers regarding revoked credentials.

The Registered Traveler program provides expedited security screening processes and an extra layer of security for passengers who volunteer biometric and biographic information to a TSA-approved RT vendor and successfully complete a TSA-conducted security threat assessment. RT is a private sector program, supported and overseen by TSA. Lanes are operational at six airports with five more airports scheduled to begin operations shortly. An additional seven airports intend to operate RT at their facilities in the near future and are actively soliciting from the five service providers currently approved by TSA.

Hartsfield Lines To Get Speedier Atlanta Business Chronicle - Jun 25, 2007 08:12 AM (ET)
In 30 days, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is set to issue a bid for a program to help some of the 37,000 busy travelers that embark here each day breeze through gnarly security checkpoints -- potentially in less than six minutes. The so-called "registered traveler" program would cost about $100 per year per person.

RT Program Opens At Reno-Tahoe
Jun 22, 2007 09:15 PM (ET)

Unisys Corp. Thursday opened its Registered Traveler program, rtGO, at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

In line with parameters established by AAAE’s Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium, and industry and government officials, Unisys’ rtGO card is interoperable, meaning that any rtGO member can use his or her card at any airport with a Registered Traveler program, regardless of whether Unisys or another vendor operates the program.

Registration began in May at Reno-Tahoe and rtGO members have begun receiving their cards, which they will use at specially designated security lanes to verify their identity and pass through airport security.

“Unisys and the rtGO program have been outstanding partners for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority,” commented Krys Bart, A.A.E., executive director and chief executive officer of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and chair of AAAE. “They have provided our airport and community with a highly professional staff that demonstrates a strong understanding of the unique customer service that is required in today’s airport environment.”

The rtGO registration office at the Reno airport is located near carousel four at the baggage claim. Program registrants provide some basic identifying information and have their fingerprints taken and iris scanned. TSA then conducts a background check and, once customers are approved, they receive their official rtGO card. The card contains only a template of the biometric information, meaning it cannot be compromised or used to verify the identity of anyone other than the rtGO member, Unisys said.

In related news, Daon, a global provider of identity assurance software and services, announced that Unisys has entered into a long-term commitment to use Daon’s technology in Unisys’ RT technology. Daon software is part of Unisys’ rtGO product offering.

According to Daon CEO Tom Grissen, “The national U.S. Registered Traveler marketplace is rapidly expanding with the adoption of the program in multiple airports across the country. We are proud to have Unisys as a customer and to be a part of this historic program that enhances security and makes the traveler’s journey more convenient.”

Registered Traveler Potential Highlighted At Session
Jun 13, 2007 11:42 AM (ET)

The growth potential of Registered Traveler in the U.S. aviation system and the interoperability of the program were discussed June 11 by delegates during a breakout session at AAAE’s annual conference.

Tom Cowley, TSA deputy director for the RT Program Office, outlined the five principles governing operation of the program: that it won’t compromise security; that it’s a private sector program; that it doesn’t disadvantage non-participants; that it’s fully fee funded, and that it safeguards personal privacy.

Six airports now offer RT programs, four more are ready to launch, and there are five approved RT vendors so far. Another five companies are in the process of becoming service providers. “The program really does have a lot of momentum,” Cowley said. TSA’s next step is to continue to support airports in development of the RT program, he added.

Bill Conners, executive director and COO of the National Business Travel Association (NBTA), which represents corporate purchasers of travel products, said individual corporate travelers “are excited” about the potential of RT because it will save them time. More than 70 percent of NBTA’s member companies support the RT concept and would pay the enrollment cost of the program for their travelers, he said.

More RT Lanes Open At Kennedy Int'l
Jun 11, 2007 07:10 AM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler and Air France announced the opening of the Clear lanes at New York Kennedy International’s Terminal 1. In addition to Air France passengers, Clear will serve more than a dozen other airlines operating out of Terminal 1. Clear also is operational at two JFK Terminals 4 and 7.

More Airport Sites For Fast-Pass Enrollment San Jose Mercury News - May 15, 2007 02:30 PM (ET)
Fliers interested in enrolling in the Clear registered-traveler program no longer have to go to Mineta San Jose International Airport to sign up. Mobile enrollment kiosks are now open weekdays at Hyatt Regency hotels in Santa Clara and San Francisco's Embarcadero Center.

RT Program Offers Sign-up At Hotels
May 08, 2007 08:27 PM (ET)

Clear Registered Traveler announced that it has deployed enrollment kiosks at two Hyatt Regency properties in California. One property is in Santa Clara and the second is at the Embarcadero San Francisco.

Five airports offer Clear fast pass lanes—San Jose, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Orlando International airports, and New York Kennedy International’s Terminal 7. Programs are set to begin at Newark Airport and two new terminals at Kennedy International. Airports in Albany, N.Y., and Little Rock, Ark., recently selected Clear for their programs, the company said.

Beating The Lines Washington Post - May 07, 2007 02:43 PM (ET)
Trusted travelers by this summer should be able to scoot through security lines at Dulles and Reagan National. Authorities for the airports have requested proposals, due this month, from companies that can operate a Registered Traveler program.

Clear Service Adds Airports Orlando Sentinel - Apr 23, 2007 02:44 PM (ET)
Clear Registered Traveler, the security fast-lane option that began at Orlando International Airport, is expanding. It soon will add Little Rock, Ark., to its roster, as well as Albany, N.Y., and Newark, N.J., bringing the number of airports that offer the service to eight.

Little Rock Selects Clear For RT
Apr 23, 2007 07:32 AM (ET)

The Little Rock (Ark.) Municipal Airport Commission has selected Clear to launch the airport’s Registered Traveler (RT) program. Enrollment is expected to begin within 30 days, once a contract has been executed, officials said.

Clear, with over 40,000 members, began an RT program at Orlando International in July 2005. Earlier this year, Clear launched programs at the Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and San Jose airports, in addition to New York Kennedy International’s Terminal 7. In the next few weeks, JFK’s Terminals 1 and 4, as well as Newark’s Terminal B, will also begin fast lane operations, with Albany soon to follow, company officials said.

Daon Software Brings Flexibility To Registered Traveler Program
Apr 19, 2007 09:33 PM (ET)

Daon, a provider of identity assurance software, is supplying the central biometric identity management platform for Verified Identity Pass’ Clear Registered Traveler program that allows Verified to incorporate new biometric devices, such as the kiosks developed by L-1 Identity Solutions. The Clear program allows frequent fliers who are pre-approved to be positively identified at the airport through biometric technology. These passengers go through expedited security screening at specially designated lanes in participating airports. To participate, registered travelers pay a fee, provide background information and are issued a biometric identification card.

How To Get Through SFO Security In 30 Seconds San Francisco Examiner - Apr 13, 2007 01:57 PM (ET)
As soon as October, passengers flying out of the San Francisco International Airport could pass through security lines within seconds if they pay an annual fee and offer up very personal information. Five airports in the nation have implemented the so-called Registered Traveler program designed to provide frequent fliers with relief from the long waits in post-Sept. 11 security lines.

What's Wrong With A One-Size Fits All Identity? American.com - Apr 11, 2007 12:20 PM (ET)
The REAL ID Act is a federal law passed in May 2005 under which the federal government seeks to standardize state-issue ID cards and drivers’ licenses. The bill says that as of May 11, 2008, “a Federal agency may not accept, for any official purpose, a driver's license or identification card issued by a state to any person unless the state is meeting the requirements” of the law.

Registered Traveler Competitors Spell Out Strategy Business Travel News - Apr 03, 2007 01:53 PM (ET)
Registered Traveler program provider FLO Alliance last week detailed a business model that focuses on joint marketing programs and additional traveler benefits beyond the core expedited airport security lane offering. The alliance, which includes Saflink, Microsoft and Johnson Controls, last month signed Huntsville, Ala., International Airport, as its first airport partner.

Airport Check-In: Quite A View In Phoenix USA Today - Apr 02, 2007 02:23 PM (ET)
Phoenix Sky Harbor International has a new $89 million air traffic control tower. The 326-foot-tall facility is the third-tallest control tower in the world, behind only Atlanta and Munich, Germany, according to the airport.

Burning Questions Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger - Mar 21, 2007 02:46 PM (ET)
A program allowing airline passengers to move through security checkpoints more quickly -- for a price, of course -- is making its debut at Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal B. Steve Brill, founder and chief executive of Verified Identity Pass, explains how the Clear Registered Traveler Program works.

Huntsville Selects RT Provider
Mar 21, 2007 01:18 PM (ET)

The FLO (Fast Lane Option) Alliance announced it has been selected by Huntsville International to develop a Registered Traveler program. Saflink Corp. is the leader of the FLO Alliance.

“As we evaluated potential Registered Traveler partners, it became clear that the FLO Alliance offered a compelling combination of leading-edge technology and long-term marketing vision and shared our common operational approach, which focuses on customer service,” said Rick Tucker, executive director of Huntsville International. “We anticipate implementing an RT program once the TSA has determined it will provide greater benefits for the traveler than simply going to the front of the line. Such benefits could include not removing shoes, coats or laptops. We want to help reduce the hassle factor for our passengers.”

Clear Registered Traveler Program Coming To Albany Airport Albany (N.Y.) Business Review - Mar 13, 2007 01:46 PM (ET)
Verified Identity Pass Inc., a New York City company founded and headed by Court TV creator, and American Lawyer publisher Steven Brill, has been picked to run the Registered Traveler Program at Albany International Airport. The company, which does business as Clear Registered Traveler, conducts a security pre-screening of airline travelers and issues them a biometric card which allows them to use a special lane at airport security checkpoints. The lane speeds up security checks and allows travelers to keep their shoes on when passing through security.

Vigilant Solutions To Use AAAE's Clearinghouse For Registered Traveler Program
Feb 23, 2007 08:28 PM (ET)

AAAE’s Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC) has entered into a contract with Vigilant Solutions to use the TSC’s services for the Registered Traveler (RT) program.

TSC provides the TSA-designated Central Information Management System (CIMS) for the U.S. RT program.

In November, TSC began operation of CIMS, which is the world’s most advanced interoperable information management system of travelers’ biometric data. With CIMS fully operational, private companies such as Vigilant Solutions now are able to offer interoperable RT services at participating airports across the country, allowing travelers to use their RT cards seamlessly at any participating airport.

AAAE Senior Vice President Carter Morris said he is encouraged by the growing number of partners that work with the TSC for CIMS services. “The CIMS has had a remarkable start building on the TSC’s proven track record supporting many critical Transportation Security Administration vetting and credentialing programs for the aviation industry,” he commented. “Since December, the Clearinghouse CIMS system has enrolled thousands of registered travelers on a network that seamlessly brings together TSA, RT service providers and their customer airports. Now, as we add our third RT service provider as a customer, we anticipate significant growth consistent with the successful implementation of the national interoperable Registered Traveler program,” Morris said. “We are pleased with the progress CIMS has made since its launch. More importantly, we’re proud to be working in partnership with TSA, airports and a growing number of service providers to support the ultimate goal of simultaneously improving security and efficiency at the nation’s airports.”

Vigilant Solutions CEO John Andrews said, “We are excited to sign the CIMS usage agreement with AAAE and are very pleased with the continued support of the highly qualified and experienced team at AAAE who are making the integration between our two systems very easy.”

As outlined in the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium’s Technical Interoperability Specification, CIMS is necessary to ensure interoperability, security and efficiency in a national RT program. As the designated CIMS, TSC is responsible for several key functions, such as processing all records, interfacing with TSA for background checks, ensuring a chain of trust from vetted enrollments and issued credentials, and sending alerts to all service providers regarding revoked credentials. In addition to Vigilant Solutions, TSC is currently providing services for the Verified Identity Pass “Clear” and Unisys “GO” programs.

Airport's Screening Program Takes Off, With 1,200 Enrolled Cincinnati Business Courier - Feb 20, 2007 06:30 AM (ET)
After just two weeks up and running, the Clear Registered Traveler program at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has enrolled more than 1,200 people. This is the program that, for a fee, allows frequent travelers to go through a security screening and then use a separate, faster security lane at the airport.

Accountability In Airport Security Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Feb 15, 2007 12:25 PM (ET)
Given the federal government's incompetent record in airline passenger screening, frequent fliers should be heartened that private enterprise is now involved in the process. If business doesn't get it right, at least the marketplace will eliminate incompetent vendors.

System Lets Some Fly Freely, For A Price Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Feb 09, 2007 02:36 PM (ET)
Some passengers at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport could soon bypass others and breezethrough special security checkpoints without so much as taking off their shoes. As long as they're willing to pay, that is.

Registered Traveler Debuts Airport Business - Feb 05, 2007 09:16 PM (ET)
What began as a pilot program by the Transportation Security Administration in 2004 is now a full-fledged program operated in partnership with airports, airlines, and private industry, while TSA plays more of a facilitating or advisory role. The Registered Traveler program (RT), designed to allow participants to avoid additional (they still have to undergo standard TSA security) screening at the airport by submitting to a background check and biometric identification, is now operational at a handful of airports across the United States and is expected to spread in the coming months.

'Trusted Traveler' Plan Adds 6th Airport Cincinnati Enquirer - Jan 30, 2007 03:28 PM (ET)
Frequent fliers enrolled in the Clear speedy security screening process have a new airport that uses the service: Newark Liberty International Airport – the sixth U.S. airport to do so. Last week, the Clear program was launched at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s Terminal 3, which serves Delta, Northwest and Continental airlines.

Mineta Airport Hopes Lures To Fliers, Airlines Speed Recovery Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal - Jan 29, 2007 06:29 AM (ET)
At a time when the travel industry is embattled, the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is hoping it can distinguish itself by adding incentives for both travelers and airlines. On Jan. 23, the airport celebrated being the fifth airport in the country to offer a registered traveler program.

Fast-Pass Lanes Arrive At San Jose Airport San Jose Mercury News - Jan 25, 2007 04:56 PM (ET)
Fast-pass security lanes finally landed at Mineta San Jose International on Tuesday, making it the first airport on the West Coast to give fliers a quick route through busy security lines. Now all that South Bay travelers need is their ``Clear cards,'' the government-approved cards that allow them to jump ahead of other passengers at crowded checkpoints -- for a price.

Indy Airport Joins Registered Traveler Program Indianapolis Star - Jan 19, 2007 09:18 AM (ET)
A speedy security lane opened today at the Indianapolis International Airport. The high-tech system lets fliers who register with the federal government, pay about $100 a year and submit to a fingerprint and eye scan skip the standard security lane and its lines of people taking off jackets and removing shoes.

Registered Traveler Starts At JFK Airport USA Today - Jan 17, 2007 01:58 PM (ET)
A long-delayed program aimed at speeding trusted travelers through airport security took a small but dramatic step Tuesday when it opened at one terminal in New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The opening marks the official launch of Registered Traveler beyond Orlando International Airport, which since July 2005 has run the only airport-sponsored program to put airline travelers at the front of security lines if they pay about $100 a year and pass a background check.

New Scanner Gets Off On Wrong Foot USA Today - Jan 17, 2007 01:57 PM (ET)
Many air travelers who were screened Tuesday by a revolutionary new machine aimed at letting them keep their shoes on through airport security got an unexpected surprise — they had to take their shoes off anyway. About half of the travelers using Orlando International Airport's first-in-the-nation ShoeScanner underwent the very hassle the machines were designed to ease — putting shoes through checkpoint X-rays — because the ShoeScanner detected metal in their shoes.

Motorola Deploys Biometric Technology For TSC RT Program Use
Jan 03, 2007 08:33 PM (ET)

Motorola Inc. Wednesday announced it has successfully deployed biometric technology to be used by AAAE’s Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC) for the Registered Traveler Program. The Registered Traveler Program provides expedited security screening processes and an extra layer of security for passengers who volunteer biometric and biographic information and who successfully complete a security assessment.

Motorola's technology is based on open and scaleable Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) that will perform multi-modal biometric matching to ensure participants have their information securely stored and quickly retrieved when they pass through airport security checkpoints.

"Motorola's biometric solution offered the pricing and system design that best suited the requirements of the Registered Traveler Program. Motorola's technology in matching accuracy and speed, as well as system longevity and interoperability made them the preferred choice for the TSC," stated Carter Morris, AAAE senior vice president for Transportation Security Policy.

Motorola delivered its latest identity management matching server built on commercial off-the-shelf products with open system architecture that allows TSC to expand and upgrade the system as needed. Further, this off-the-shelf strategy provides TSC with flexibility to drive system functionality as future demand requires. Motorola's identity management solutions are optimized to function with all standards compliant formats, ensuring system interoperability on a national level, the company said.

"Motorola successfully deployed the initial system in only three weeks. The system is designed to be easily expanded to meet future demands as the Registered Traveler program expands in popularity," stated Darrin Reilly, general manager, Motorola Biometrics Business Unit.

The Flight Pattern For 2007 Washington Post - Jan 02, 2007 09:00 PM (ET)
Airline passengers can't escape the headaches of the new age of air travel: long lines at checkpoints, confusion over security restrictions, lost luggage. But some airports are trying to ease the aggravation. A new travel program is under consideration at local airports to quicken the way to the gate.

Verant To Use TSC As CIMS for RT
Dec 26, 2006 05:55 PM (ET)

Verant Identification Systems Inc. has agreed to use AAAE’s Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC) as the Central Information Management System (CIMS) for the Registered Traveler (RT) program. Verant Identification Systems joins other RT service providers who have chosen the TSC as the CIMS for the RT program.

“AAAE’s TSC has a proven record of success. We’ve reduced turnaround times and cost for aviation worker background checks, and we’re looking forward to bringing the same great customer service and industry experience to RT service providers in the most cost-effective manner possible,” AAAE President Charles Barclay said. “More importantly, a permanent, interoperable and nationwide RT program will improve security and efficiency for U.S. air travelers and we’re proud to play such an important role toward this goal.”

Verant CEO Jeff Black said, “There is great enthusiasm and demand for the RT program and the complimentary services that enrolled travelers will enjoy. The RT program is an outstanding example of governmental and private sector collaboration. AAAE, TSA and the service providers have created a program that will increase both overall systemwide security, as well as operational efficiency. The real RT program winner is the flying public!”

As the designated CIMS, TSC is responsible for several key functions of the RT program, such as processing all records, interfacing with TSA for background checks, ensuring a chain of trust from vetted enrollments and issued credentials, and sending alerts to all service providers regarding revoked credentials.

Vigilant Solutions To Use TSC For RT
Dec 15, 2006 08:07 PM (ET)

AAAE announced that Vigilant Solutions has agreed to use its Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC) as the Central Information Management System (CIMS) for the Registered Traveler (RT) Program. Vigilant Solutions joins other RT service providers that have chosen the TSC as the CIMS for the RT program.

“AAAE’s TSC has a proven record of success. We’ve reduced turnaround times and cost for aviation worker background checks, and we’re looking forward to bringing the same great customer service and industry experience to RT service providers in the most cost-effective manner possible,” AAAE President Charles Barclay said. “More importantly, a permanent, interoperable and nationwide RT program will improve security and efficiency for U.S. air travelers and we’re proud to play such an important role toward this goal.”

Vigilant Solutions CEO John Andrews commented, “We are pleased to join the rest of the RT Service Providers who chose to use TSC for the RT program. We are also very happy to acknowledge all the support we received from AAAE team during our discussions to this stage. We look forward to a long fruitful relationship with AAAE.”

As the designated CIMS, the TSC is responsible for several key functions of the RT program, such as processing all records, interfacing with TSA for background checks, ensuring a chain of trust from vetted enrollments and issued credentials, and sending alerts to all service providers regarding revoked credentials.

AAAE's TSC Announces Contract With RT Service Provider
Dec 01, 2006 06:15 PM (ET)

The American Association of Airport Executives announced Friday that its Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC) has entered into a contract with Unisys Corp., which will use the TSC for the Central Information Management System (CIMS) for the Registered Traveler (RT) program. The contract formalizes the TSC cost structure and schedule originally agreed to by Unisys and other Registered Traveler service providers when they designated the TSC as the CIMS for the RT program in May. The Transportation Security Administration also recently designated the TSC as the CIMS for the RT program.

On Monday, the TSC began operation of the CIMS, which is the world’s most advanced interoperable information management system of travelers’ biometric data. With the CIMS fully operational, private companies such as Unisys Corporation are now able to operate interoperable RT services at participating airports across the country, allowing travelers to use their RT cards seamlessly at any participating airport.

AAAE President Charles Barclay said he was pleased that the TSC as the CIMS will enable the rapid and secure deployment of the Registered Traveler program at airports across the country. "AAAE's TSC has a proven record of success. We've reduced turnaround times and cost for aviation worker background checks, and we’re looking forward to bringing the same great customer service and industry experience to RT service providers in the most cost-effective manner possible," Barclay said. "More importantly, a permanent, interoperable and nationwide Registered Traveler program will improve security and efficiency at airports for US air travelers and we're proud to play such an important role toward this goal."

"Unisys has been working with AAAE throughout this process and, with their cooperation, hosted at our Reston office an interoperability forum for potential Registered Traveler services providers so that all parties would be in lock-step as the program takes shape. We look forward to the continued support we’ve received from AAAE as Registered Traveler rolls out nationwide," said Larry Zmuda, partner, homeland security, Unisys.

As outlined in the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium’s Technical Interoperability Specification, the CIMS is necessary to ensure interoperability, security, and efficiency in a national RT program. As the designated CIMS, TSC is responsible for several key functions, such as processing all records, interfacing with the TSA for background checks, ensuring a chain of trust from vetted enrollments and issued credentials, and sending alerts to all service providers regarding revoked credentials

U.S. Clears Faster Airport Security Checks New York Times - Nov 29, 2006 08:00 PM (ET)
After almost five years of discussion, federal authorities cleared the way yesterday for a program giving travelers who volunteer for background checks an easier passage through airport security to begin next month. A company called Verified Identity Pass, which already operates a pilot program called Clear at Orlando International Airport in Florida, plans to offer its service in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, San Jose and at Kennedy International Airport in New York soon, and in 12 to 20 airports over the next year.

RT Management System Goes Live
Nov 28, 2006 06:55 PM (ET)

The Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC), a wholly owned subsidiary of AAAE, on Monday began operation of the world’s most advanced interoperable information management system of travelers’ biometric data—the Central Information Management System (CIMS).

CIMS is necessary to ensure interoperability, security and efficiency in a nationwide Registered Traveler (RT) program.

The RT program provides expedited security screening processes and an extra layer of security for passengers who volunteer biometric and biographic information to a TSA-approved RT vendor and successfully complete a TSA-conducted security threat assessment. RT is a private sector program, supported and overseen by TSA.

By leveraging the customer service and aviation expertise of the TSC, CIMS was developed utilizing state-of-the-art technology from Daon, LG Iris Technology Division and Motorola. Within days after TSA’s adoption of the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium’s Technical Interoperability Specification, TSC assembled its team of tier-one biometric and identity management companies to meet the interoperability specification requirements by enhancing existing vendor solutions and utilizing best practices of the private sector.

“The TSC along with Daon, LG and Motorola have created an unparalleled information management system,” said Carter Morris, AAAE senior vice president. “Today, the pioneering technology of the CIMS will enable the rapid and secure deployment of an interoperable RT program. Tomorrow, the possibilities are endless.”

With CIMS fully operational, private companies such as Saflink, Unisys, Verified Identity Pass and Vigilant are now able to operate interoperable RT services at participating airports across the country. “A permanent, interoperable and nationwide Registered Traveler program will improve security and efficiency at airports for US air travelers and we’re proud to play such an important role toward that goal,” Morris said.

CIMS is responsible for several key functions, such as processing all records, interfacing with TSA for background checks, ensuring a chain of trust from vetted enrollments and issued credentials, and sending alerts to all service providers regarding revoked credentials.

TSA Announces Fee For Registered Traveler Program
Nov 28, 2006 09:09 AM (ET)

In a notice in the Federal Register, TSA announced that it will charge a total annual fee of $28 for each person who participates in the Registered Traveler Interoperability Pilot program. The Registered Traveler Interoperability Pilot is the initial launch of the Registered Traveler (RT) program at 10 to 20 participating airports. The $28 TSA fee does not include any fees that a service provider or sponsoring entity (airports or airlines) may charge for its services. A copy of the Federal Register notice can be found on the AAAE website at http://www.aaae.org/government/150_Transportation_Security_Policy/.

The Federal Register notice also includes information regarding costs associated with security screening checkpoint lanes that are dedicated to RT. Depending on an airport’s size, configuration and available space, RT can operate using either dedicated lanes, which means that only approved RT participants are allowed to use that lane, or designated lanes, where approved RT participants are given priority in existing security checkpoint lanes. If an airport decides to create a dedicated RT lane, or institutes a process that uses additional TSA screening resources beyond what is already provided at the airport, TSA will negotiate the exact level of support and the fee necessary to match the costs of this support with the airport. TSA plans to collect these costs directly from the airport operator or sponsoring entity, which also may be an airline. However, sponsoring entities may choose to pass these costs on to their RT service provider or directly to RT participants.

'Preferred' Travelers Get Smoother Ride Jacksonville (Fla.) Business Journal - Oct 30, 2006 11:10 AM (ET)
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority will begin registering people the second week of November for a new program geared toward easing travel for frequent flyers, particularly high-end business passengers. The Preferred Traveler program at Jacksonville International Airport is an enhanced version of the Transportation Security Administration's Registered Traveler program, which will provide expedited security screening for airline passengers.

AAAE's TSC Announces First Contract With RT Service Provider
Oct 25, 2006 08:53 PM (ET)

AAAE announced Wednesday that its Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC) has entered into a contract with a Registered Traveler (RT) service provider, Verified Identity Pass Inc., which will use the TSC for the Central Information Management System (CIMS) for the Registered Traveler program. The contract formalizes the TSC cost structure and schedule originally agreed to by Verified Identity Pass, operator of the Clear® RT program, and other Registered Traveler service providers when they designated the TSC as the CIMS for the RT program in May. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has also designated the TSC as the CIMS for the RT program.

Under the terms of the contract, the TSC will have the CIMS fully operational by Nov. 28, 2006. This will enable the launch of an interoperable Registered Traveler program, allowing travelers to use their RT cards seamlessly at participating airports around the nation.

AAAE President Charles Barclay said he was pleased that the TSC as the CIMS will enable the rapid and secure deployment of the Registered Traveler program at airports across the country. “AAAE’s TSC has a proven record of success. We’ve reduced turnaround times and cost for aviation worker background checks, and we’re looking forward to bringing the same great customer service and industry experience to RT service providers in the most cost-effective manner possible,” Barclay said. “More importantly, a permanent, interoperable and nationwide Registered Traveler program will improve security and efficiency at airports for US air travelers and we’re proud to play such an important role toward this goal.”

Clear CEO Steven Brill said, “Our more than 30,000 customers will not only be able to use their Clear cards at our lanes in New York, Orlando, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and San Jose airports, but at any airport that chooses to launch a Registered Traveler program regardless of the service provider. We appreciate the efforts of the AAAE and TSA for making interoperability possible for all travelers in the RT program.”

In addition to enabling a fully functional CIMS by Nov. 28, 2006, the TSC has offered an interim transitional enrollment solution so that, pending TSA approval, which the TSC believes is appropriate, any Service Provider’s RT applicants can proceed with enrollment as soon as possible. This will allow airports to begin to offer the processing and efficiency benefits of the Registered Traveler program prior to the busy holiday travel season.

As outlined in the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium’s (RTIC) Technical Interoperability Specification, which was recently determined to meet TSA’s requirements for interoperability, the CIMS is necessary to ensure interoperability, security, and efficiency in a national RT program. As the designated CIMS, TSC is responsible for several key functions, such as processing all records, interfacing with the TSA for background checks, ensuring a chain of trust from vetted enrollments and issued credentials, and sending alerts to all service providers regarding revoked credentials.

DHS Progress On RT Faulted
Sep 18, 2006 11:52 AM (ET)

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, has questioned DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff about the department’s plans for rolling out a Registered Traveler (RT) program at the nation’s airports.

In a Sept. 12 letter to Chertoff, Thompson noted, “At present, the only place in the country where travelers can access Registered Traveler is in a pilot program in Orlando International Airport. Five other pilots with air carriers were canceled by TSA in September 2005. One pilot in one airport does not constitute a program and, at the rate the department is going, Registered Traveler may well end up as nothing more than a fairy tale.”

Thompson listed a number of deadlines that TSA has missed in its implementation plan for an RT program. He added that, “Another key aspect of the program that remains unsettled is an interoperability capability, which would allow Registered Traveler participants to access expedited screening regardless of their departure airport. The Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium transmitted to TSA the final draft of a plan to achieve interoperability early last month. TSA has not yet approved the specifications. Without the adoption of interoperability standards, we cannot be assured that the Registered Traveler plans under development by the private sector are compatible. The eventual program service providers, whoever they eventually turn out to be, cannot be expected to develop plans without getting that guidance and other critical information, such as the department’s anticipated fee for processing Registered Traveler participants. For the program to work as a public-private partnership, the department must be an engaged partner.”

Airport 'Fast Pass' Is Still Preparing For Takeoff Los Angeles (Calif.) Times - Aug 28, 2006 12:16 PM (ET)
Despite this month's airport terrorism scare, at least one major benefit for business travelers seems to be moving ahead: faster trips through security. But they come at a price.

AAAE, RTIC Submit Technical Specification To TSA For Registered Traveler Program
Jul 21, 2006 04:16 PM (ET)

AAAE and the Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium (RTIC) have submitted a Technical Interoperability Specification to TSA for the Registered Traveler program. More than 20 people from more than 10 different organizations, such as Unisys, Verified Identity Pass, Daon, Lockheed Martin, Saflink, Iridian and others, dedicated approximately 4,800 hours to developing the document, which outlines the technical specifications needed for an interoperable Registered Traveler Program that can act as the basis for the program’s required technical interoperability standards.

“AAAE and the RTIC are pleased to be a partner with TSA in the deployment and development of an RT program that will bring enhanced security and quicker security processing,” AAAE President Charles Barclay said. “The specification created by the RTIC and its Service Provider Council was the result of an intensive effort to bring the very best expertise to the program in an aggressive timeframe.”

The RTIC was formed by a group of airports in conjunction with AAAE in June 2005 to create and implement an airport-driven, national, interoperable Registered Traveler Program. The RTIC airport members established the Service Provider Council as a way for providers with experience and expertise in RT solutions, identity management, biometrics and airport planning to participate in the development of technical standards and processes required for an interoperable RT program. The Service Provider Council consists of over 60 well-known and respected commercial organizations.

More information on the RTIC and a copy of the Technical Interoperability Specification can be found at www.rtconsortium.org.

Scanner May Make Registered Travel Even Smoother Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel - Jun 22, 2006 05:57 PM (ET)
A new machine capable of scanning airline passengers' shoes for explosives while testing their skin for traces of bomb materials and matching fingerprints to a database is expected to be deployed soon at Orlando International Airport. If the machine being tested by the Transportation Security Administration lands in Orlando as anticipated this summer, it will represent the first tangible security benefit to customers of Clear, the security line fast-pass service in Orlando.

TSA Accepting Statements of Interest For Interoperable RT Program
Jun 06, 2006 09:30 AM (ET)

TSA has released its statement of interest (SOI) to allow airports to express interest in Registered Traveler (RT) program participation and to identify airports’ anticipated timelines for launching RT. The agency is moving to implementation of a wide-scale deployment of RT. Airports interested in completing the SOI can visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=64322191390 and use password RTSOI.

TSA said in its announcement, “The SOI is not intended to exclude any airport from participation in the program, nor does it guarantee selection to participate in the initial phase. The SOI is intended to facilitate dialog between TSA and airports regarding the RT program. When the statement of interest is received from the airports, the RT Program Office will be in contact with the airport operator.”

TSA questions can be directed to John Martinez at (571) 227-3080.

AAAE's Transportation Security Clearinghouse Announces Schedule, Terms For Registered Traveler Clear
May 30, 2006 08:55 PM (ET)

AAAE announced Monday that its Transportation Security Clearinghouse (TSC) has released a schedule and cost structure for Service Providers who will use the TSC as the Central Identity Management System (CIMS) for the Registered Traveler Program. The TSC cost structure and schedule is consistent with the TSA’s recent release of the business model for a national, interoperable Registered Traveler program. The first service provider, Verified Identity Pass, signed an agreement to use TSC services for the program.

The industry designation of the TSC as the CIMS for the RT program is a significant boost toward establishing a nationwide, permanent and interoperable Registered Traveler system as soon as possible.

AAAE President Chip Barclay said he was pleased that the Service Provider industry had centered on using the TSC has the CIMS for the Registered Traveler Program. “AAAE’s TSC has a proven record of success. We’ve reduced turnaround times and cost for aviation worker background checks, and we’re looking forward to bringing the same great customer service and industry experience to RT service providers in the most cost-effective manner possible,” Barclay said. “More importantly, a permanent, interoperable and nationwide Registered Traveler program will improve security and efficiency for US air travelers and we’re proud to play such an important role toward this goal.”

“We’re delighted at the pricing, the privacy protection and the service that the TSC has offered,” said Verified Identity Pass founder and CEO Steven Brill. “TSC’s role assures that a cost-efficient, interoperable program supported by the nation’s leading airports will now move forward quickly. The AAAE deserves great credit,” Brill added, “for bringing a terrific combination of policy leadership and nuts and bolts competence to this effort.”

TSA Issues Registered Traveler Business Model
May 26, 2006 09:46 AM (ET)

TSA on Thursday posted on a governmental website a copy of its business model for Registered Traveler (RT). A copy can be found on the AAAE website at http://www.aaae.org/government/150_Transportation_Security_Policy/. The business model serves to provide an outline structure of how an interoperable RT program will work. It does not establish the standards for the RT program; rather, it provides a concept baseline for discussions with airports and service providers interested in RT.

Many of the elements contained in the TSA business model mirror the recommendations made by AAAE’s Registered Traveler Interoperability Consortium (RTIC) in January to the TSA’s Request for Information on RT. The business model also provides additional details on issues such as screening benefits and payment of fees to the TSA for its role in RT.

The RTIC’s Service Provider Council continues to work to create the technical specification necessary for an interoperable program. In releasing its business model, TSA endorsed this process, saying “Currently the private industry is working within the RTIC to recommend open technical standards. TSA encourages stakeholders to participate in this effort.

McCarran Takes A Pass On Registered Traveler In Business Las Vegas (Nev.) - May 01, 2006 02:23 PM (ET)
Would you pay $80 a year for the privilege of going through a special line at the airport security checkpoint that might get you through the process a little faster? The Transportation Security Administration said participants in its proposed Registered Traveler program "will experience a passenger screening process that is modified to afford greater customer service."

Registered Traveler: Some Want It, Some Don't A2A News - Apr 26, 2006 02:36 PM (ET)
San Jose International Airport on Friday said it would pursue a registered traveler program for the airport. The announcement came of the heels of a US Transportation Security Administration statement that it would roll out the programs to as many as 20 airports this summer.

TSA Readying RT Pilot Criteria Selection
Apr 26, 2006 05:42 AM (ET)

TSA is readying the criteria for naming airports for the just-announced Registered Traveler (RT) rollout pilot program, and a top official indicated that airport participants will be chosen based in part on characteristics that fit what the agency wants to test. Ted Sobel, TSA's RT program director, suggested to delegates at AAAE's 78th Annual Conference and Exposition that "RT 20" airports--10 to 20 in all--probably won't be picked on a first-come, first-served basis. Rather, aspects like an airport's configuration or passenger volumes will be matched up with elements that TSA wants to test as part of its second RT pilot, Sobel said Monday during a panel on RT.

Sobel was quick to note that the RT 20 program will be different than traditional pilots, including the original RT pilot that involved five airports. "This will not be a standard pilot that goes design-implement-end-evaluate," he said. "Instead of end and evaluate, we want to evaluate and evolve it into a national program."

Sobel explained that airports would likely be chosen "in groups" and "on a rolling basis"--in other words, don't look for one 20-airport announcement. He stressed that there is no timeline for selecting all of the pilot airports and the criteria is still being finalized. "Things are still being established," he said.

Sobel also addressed the rulemaking that will be necessary to transition the RT 20 to a national pilot. "We have to make sure that people aren't un-duly excluded," he explained. Via a rulemaking, "we can put out standards and people can comment on them. The goal of the rule is to get public participation in the best way the government can do it."

TSA is in the process of choosing a third-party entity to create the basics for an RT business model. The agency also is working on a fee notice that will detail the government portion of the costs for the pilot program. Sobel is hopeful that the fee notice would be out within 60 days.

Airport Will Not Enlist In Program Las Vegas Review-Journal - Apr 25, 2006 07:34 AM (ET)
The federal Transportation Security Administration is rolling out a pilot program to ease travel for some fliers, but officials at McCarran International Airport say they have no plans to join the trial. Randall Walker, director of aviation for Clark County, said he's concerned that the Bush administration's Registered Traveler program will fail to create efficiencies at security checkpoints.

Airport Executives Question Details Of Registered Traveler Rollout
Apr 24, 2006 07:45 AM (ET)

Members of AAAE's Transportation Security Services Committee closely questioned TSA officials Sunday about details of the agency's planned rollout of the Registered Traveler (RT) program.

TSA on April 20 announced that it will launch RT with pilot programs at up to 20 airports and will initiate a rulemaking to implement RT on a national scale. The rulemaking will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the nationwide expansion of the program, as well as allow criminal history record checks to be added to the background checks of program applicants, TSA said.

The agency's announcement also said that, "While the combination of benefits and security measures available at each participating airport may vary, all RT travelers should receive an expedited and more convenient checkpoint experience."

TSA has not yet published application requirements for airports to participate as a pilot site. Ted Sobel, TSA's RT program manager, commented that, "If you want to be part of the initial pilots, come to us with great ideas." He explained that TSA's goal is to be able to "flow" from the pilot tests into the full RT program.

Several AAAE members expressed concern over the agency's decision to begin a rulemaking, which would delay full implementation of the program. Sobel responded that anytime the government initiates a program that excludes some people and vendors, it needs to proceed carefully.

Other committee members questioned the willingness of frequent travelers to sign up and pay a fee to participate in the program if the benefits are not viewed as substantial.

Charlotte Bryan, acting assistant administrator for transportation sector management at TSA, said her agency will brainstorm a number of options for transportation security improvements. She said options include changes to access control and airport configuration. "Don't get excited; nothing is decided," she stressed.

Bryan also said that the agency is considering providing a more flexible package of benefits to security screeners in an effort to improve retention. TSA is considering such benefits as day care, parking and more flexible hours for working parents, she said.

ATA Protests Registered Traveler As TSA Plans Limited Rollout Air Transport World - Apr 24, 2006 07:27 AM (ET)
US Air Transport Assn. on Friday criticized the Transportation Security Administration's plan to begin rolling out its Registered Traveler program this year, saying it "firmly believes that limited TSA resources should not be diverted from efficiently and effectively screening all passengers to a program that provides limited and questionable benefits for some customers.

San Jose Airport Pursuing Registered Traveler Program CBS 5 - Apr 21, 2006 04:30 PM (ET)
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday its intention to roll out its "registered traveler'' program at 10 to 20 airports nationwide, prompting at least one Bay Area airport to apply for a chance to be one of the first to participate. Marina Renneke, spokeswoman for the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, said today that airport officials hope the TSA will deem San Jose a good candidate for the test program that is meant to get pre-screened travelers through security checkpoints more quickly.

TSA: 20 Airports May Have Fast Lanes Soon AP - Apr 21, 2006 04:06 PM (ET)
Private companies could sell security passes for frequent fliers at as many as 20 airports by the end of the year, the government said Thursday. The passes would be part of the Registered Traveler program, which would let airline passengers go through a separate airport security lane if they pay a fee, pass a government background check and submit 10 fingerprints.

TSA Greenlights Private Registered Traveler Rollout BTN Online - Apr 21, 2006 04:05 PM (ET)
The Transportation Security Administration today said it is on track to roll out Registered Traveler programs at up to 20 airports this year, on the condition that approved private-sector operators "make the necessary business arrangements with host airports and air carriers and get security approval from TSA for the proposed configuration." Airports could be up and running as soon as June 20—which since last year has been slated as the launch date—but TSA said, "Subject to public demand for the RT program, TSA would expect RT to operate on a national scale next year."

20 Airports To Get Registered Traveler USA Today - Apr 21, 2006 04:05 PM (ET)
Only 20 airports will be allowed to start programs in the next year that speed trusted travelers through checkpoint security, the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday. The TSA imposed the limit so it can test technology needed for the program's goal: a nationwide network of airports offering pre-screened passengers a fast pass through security.

Airports Leery On Traveler Registry USA Today - Apr 19, 2006 01:55 PM (ET)
Only one of the USA's busiest airports has signed up for a much-vaunted program to speed travelers through checkpoints, while at least a half-dozen others are balking at an idea that they say won't work. The lack of sign-ups could threaten the Registered Traveler program, pushed by Congress for years as a way to speed up post-9/11 security lines by giving minimal inspections to air travelers who pass a background check.

Fliers May Avoid Lines Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer - Apr 18, 2006 04:35 PM (ET)
No matter how many times he travels as artistic director of the Cincinnati Opera, Evans Mirageas' heart always sinks when he sees the long lines at the security checkpoint at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on a busy Monday morning. He knows the wait that is in store for him.

Op-Ed: Registered Traveler Program Is Not The Best Use Of TSA Resources BTN Online - Apr 07, 2006 12:39 PM (ET)
The Air Transport Association has no fundamental objection to a Registered Traveler program—if it significantly improves security and provides passengers with a discernable benefit. From what we have been told, however, that would not be the case under the new Registered Traveler program.

Senators Urge Screening Improvements
Apr 04, 2006 09:09 PM (ET)

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday urged TSA Administrator Kip Hawley to improve airport security checkpoint screening, address screener workforce issues, and expedite the deployment of in-line explosives detection systems (EDS) and the Registered Traveler program.

In the second in a series of planned hearings on aviation security, lawmakers commended Hawley for his work so far, but expressed their frustration with long security lines, improper baggage handling, and the slow deployment of technological improvements, including in-line systems and Registered Traveler. Panel members encouraged Hawley to work with airports to address their individual needs and provide relief for the traveling public.

ACI-NA President Greg Principato, testifying on behalf of ACI-NA and AAAE, suggested both short- and long-term solutions for TSA to improve passenger and baggage screening, including the quick deployment of in-line EDS systems and the Registered Traveler program, expansion of the Screening Partnership Program, additional flexibility for Federal Security Directors to address unique local staffing issues, adoption of screening performance standards, and keeping TSA focused on its core mission of passenger and baggage screening and the staffing of exit lanes.

In his testimony, Hawley pledged that TSA would have the Registered Traveler program operational this summer. “We’re on track,” he stated, adding that the agency still has work to do on equipment and on determining what screening benefits would be made available to program participants.

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Congress to TSA: What's the holdup? USA TODAY - Nov 02, 2005 12:00 AM (ET)
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Secretary Ridge Unveils Registered Traveler Pilot Program At Reagan National Airport Transportation Security Administration - Sep 03, 2004 12:00 AM (ET)
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TSA Launches Registered Traveler Pilot Program In Houston Transportation Security Administration - Aug 03, 2004 12:00 AM (ET)
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TSA Launches Registered Traveler Pilot Program At LAX Transportation Security Administration - Jul 23, 2004 12:00 AM (ET)
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TSA Announces Start of Registered Traveler Pilot Program Transportation Security Administration - Jul 07, 2004 12:00 AM (ET)
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