Expedited security screening at airports may be possible for individuals with security clearances, said TSA Administrator John Pistole. In an address before George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, Pistole said that he was working with the director of national intelligence to explore the possibility.
Frequent fliers are no strangers to the long lines and invasive procedures that have made the TSA the subject of public complaint and congressional oversight. Several months ago the TSA offered some relief, with the PreCheck program, launched in four U.S. airports under limited use. Frequent fliers were given the option to undergo prescreening and in return, get some of their travel dignity back. PreCheck fliers have their own airport security line and are able to keep their shoes, belt and jackets on, as well as laptops and liquids in their luggage.
There are no details on when clearance holders may be eligible for the PreCheck program, or if a new but similar program might be launched. But even the possibility would be welcome news for security cleared professionals who spend a lot of time in airports.
“Clearly, that is a category of people that we as a society know and trust more than others,” said Pistole.