Pistole Pushes Precheck
Those special security lanes at the airport that some seemingly privileged passengers breeze through completely dressed are actually central to the TSA's plan to streamline security screening, according to the agency's director. John Pistole told the opening session of NBAA 2013 that as many people as possible, and all frequent travelers, should sign up for TSA Precheck so the agency can concentrate its efforts on those who might want to do something horrible rather than repeatedly checking millions of passengers who just want to peacefully get where they're getting. "That is not a sustainable model," said Pistole.
The service is now available at 40 airports for passengers traveling on seven airlines and not only helps the TSA, it makes catching a flight like something from another time. Precheck passengers show ID and walk through a metal detector but keep their laptops stowed and all their clothes on, most of the time. Pistole was selected for a random full screening on his way to NBAA and he said that's an important part of the security integrity of the program to ensure it's not exploited by those with bad intent. Guns have been found on passengers in the new lanes, he said.