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TSA: Travelers who pay $85 can get faster airport screenings

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:39 p.m. HST, Jul 19, 2013

WASHINGTON >> The government is expanding the ways airline passengers can enroll in an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts and keep laptop computers in cases at security checkpoints.

Under the Transportation Security Administration's Precheck program, only travelers who were members of the frequent flyer programs of some air carriers were eligible for expedited screening. Today, TSA Administrator John Pistole said beginning later this year U.S. citizens will be able to enroll online or visit an enrollment site to provide identification, fingerprints and an $85 enrollment fee.

About 12 million people are currently enrolled in the program. Pistole said he expects about another 3 million people to enroll before the end of the year.

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Bothrops wrote:
so essentially TSA is asking for bribes to do their job faster? Another news story today mentions they hire criminals. I guess they don't want their employees freelancing.
on July 19,2013 | 02:56PM
Skyler wrote:
Eh, how about I keep my $85 & use it towards the stoopid-high airfare instead?
on July 19,2013 | 03:45PM
64hoo wrote:
now it will be easier for someone to carry a bomb on himself and blow it up in the plane, remember some terrorist may have those frequent flyer programs. I would not do that, I say keep it as it is.
on July 19,2013 | 03:50PM
Dragonman wrote:
Don't care for program. So if you have money you can buy you way through TSA ? Whats next, pay an extra $50 and go to the front of the DMV line ? People with money get extra privileges and the poor stand in line.
on July 19,2013 | 05:01PM
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