Airlines to start ‘Trusted traveler program’

October 4th, 2011 - 10:14 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Oct 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The US Transport Security Administration will start the implementation of the “Trusted Traveler Program” on Tuesday. The controversial program is meant to speed up the checks on passengers as they go through the various security areas of the airport.

Following the introduction of extra security checks in the United States, the TSA has come under increasing pressure for delaying and humiliating passengers at the various airports. With the introduction of the TTP, the TSA says they will be able to know which passengers to consider less risky to safety. Those individuals will be given facilitated passage but the others will have to submit themselves for the rigorous checks.

The head of TSA, John Pistole, explained that, “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.”

Passengers who will want to be on the program will have to voluntarily give out their details to the authorities. Background checks will be conducted based on the information that is provided. A passenger will then be rated dangerous or less dangerous based on the results of the test that will be carried out.

The TSA plans to start the project on pilot basis and based on its success, roll out a full program.

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