TSA announces new program to speed security lines at airports

Posted on: 4:43 pm, December 17, 2013, by , updated on: 04:37pm, December 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FOX NEWS) – TSA Administrator John Pistole reveals details on a new program that’ll allow flyers to zip through security.

Delivering remarks at a conference titled: “securing the skies: aviation security a dozen years after nine-eleven”.

Pistole says a pre-check program is now available to lessen the burden on average passengers, so TSA workers can focus their attention on those who pose a genuine threat.

The program requires a background check and comes with a eighty-five dollar fee for a five year enrollment, and is open to all American citizens.

The TSA Administrator says to look to history as a reminder that airport security must be a priority.

John Pistole, TSA Administrator: “So all we have to do is look over the past quarter century and say there have been plots against aviation, particularly western aviation that have been continuing, and we see that both against passenger flights and against cargo flights. We have those challenges, we also have opportunities. But with 275 airports around the world that provide nonstop passenger service to the U.S. there are nearly 300 that have nonstop cargo service to the u-s. We have our work cut out for us working with our international partners and make sure that their security is commenced with ours. And we are doing everything we can in our authority and our ability to influence other countries beyond that to ensure that they are providing that most effective security.”

Enrollment in the program begins online at TSA-dot-gov, and then applicants must visit an application center to complete the process.

TSA plans to open more than three hundred pre-check application centers across the country by next spring.

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