Expanding Pre-Screen Program to Move Passengers Through Reagan National Faster

Hopes to have program in place by end of year

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012  |  Updated 10:44 PM EDT
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The agency in charge of airport security is expanding a program that will allow some passengers through security easier.

Erika Gonzalez

The agency in charge of airport security is expanding a program that will allow some passengers through security easier.

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It may soon be easier to pass through airport security more quickly.

The Transit Security Administration is expanding its risk-based pre-screening security program to include Reagan National and other airports across the country.

The program passengers the government considers low-risk to pass through security, possibly without having to take off their shoes, belt, or jacket.

"We recognize that all travelers are not alike and not all of them pose the same level of risk," said Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.  "And with better information, we can better assess risk In other words, when we are looking for that needle in the hay stack, we are also working with traveler programs to try to reduce the size of the haystack."

Napolitano says the government hopes to have the pre-screening program up and running at 28 airports nationwide by the end of the year.
 

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