Airlines Trusted Traveler Program
October 4, 2011 by staff
Airlines Trusted Traveler Program, Security Administration Transportation on Tuesday will release a “trusted traveler” program – which seeks to promote screening in the U.S. airport checkpoints, agency chief John Pistole said.
“Like any other initiative, we are testing this concept screening, with a small population of passengers at airports limited,” he told a security conference of aviation in the Netherlands. “If proven successful, we will consider broadening the program to other travelers, airports and airlines.”
All participants must be U.S. citizens, public voluntarily certain information about themselves.
During the assessment phase, “TSA precheck” will be available only for certain frequent travelers on American Airlines and Delta Airlines – flying in some airports. Delta passengers must fly to airports in Atlanta and Detroit, and American Airlines should be flying passengers from the airports of Miami and Dallas.
It will also be open to participants in the customs and Border Protection’s trusted traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS y.
The program does not guarantee an urgent safety inspection, according Pistole, who said that participants would continue to be “security measures random and unpredictable.”
In July, the TSA said the pilot program expand to include United, Southwest, JetBlue Airways, United, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, and other airports, once operationally ready.
Currently, veterinarians TSA passenger lists against “watch lists” of known or suspected terrorists. However, the TSA is working with a very limited amount of information about passengers – namely the person’s full name, date of birth and gender. In “trusted traveler” program, travelers voluntarily hand over information about themselves, giving the government more guarantees than they are.
The amount and nature of the information sought was not disclosed.
There have been calls for the TSA to adopt a trusted traveler program. Congress and critics have increased the demand after two highly publicized incidents, involving the search for a 6 year old and the other with a cancer patient 95 years of age. In both cases, the TSA said that airport screeners were following established protocols.
However, TSA has also said he is working on a “risk based” trusted traveler program that would facilitate the travel of people believe that present a minimal risk to aviation.
The TSA said in July that Pistole work with Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin and airlines to determine eligibility of passengers for screening project, which is voluntary.
All passengers in the pilot project will be subject to recurring security checks.
Security experts have expressed concern about the so-called “clean skins” – potential terrorists who enroll in “trusted traveler” programs to avoid scrutiny during a mission of terror. But the TSA says it will continue to incorporate security measures random and unpredictable to deal with these concerns.
Pistole said in July that other layers of security will remain in place, including intelligence gathering andanlysis, explosives detection canine teams, federal air marshals, CCTV and control behavior detection officers.
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