Seek To Expand Trusted Traveler Program Beyond Elite Fliers
By Steve Hall
February 18, 2012 - The American Association of Airport
Executives (AAAE) the world's largest airport
organization, representing thousands of men and women
across the country who manage and operate the nation's
airports pledged its support on Tuesday in working
collaboratively with the Transportation Security
Administration and Customs and Border Protection to grow
the PreCheck trusted traveler program to accommodate
additional fliers as quickly as possible.
is an expedited screening initiative that is expanding
to airports across the country. Implementing a key
component of the agency?s intelligence-driven,
risk-based approach to security, TSA Pre enhances
aviation security by placing more focus on
pre-screening individuals who volunteer to participate
in order to expedite the travel experience.
"Airport executives long have advocated for the adoption of a robust, nationwide trusted traveler program to better identify and scrutinize potential threats while improving passengers' experiences at the airport," AAAE President Chip Barclay said.
recent announcement by TSA that the agency intends to bring its
PreCheck trusted traveler program on-line quickly at additional
airports is welcome news, and airport executives are eager to
play an active role in the successful deployment of the program
at their facilities.
executives anticipate great success with the PreCheck program
and recognize that the next challenge will be moving from a
largely airline-centric program in operation at a handful of
airports to one that is operational for large numbers of
travelers at airport facilities across the country," Barclay
operators are uniquely situated and qualified to play a key role
in assisting TSA in efficiently and effectively growing
participation in PreCheck or a similar trusted traveler
noted that over the past decade, AAAE and individual airports
have worked closely with TSA and the technology community to
implement specific programs, including Registered Traveler (RT).
In roughly one year, the RT program enrolled more than 250,000
travelers at 24 airports, proving the security and efficiency
benefits that adoption of these programs provides.
in its current form is available only to certain elite travelers
on specific airlines and participants in the CBP Global Entry
program. Barclay said that airport executives would like to see
the program expanded to accommodate as many additional travelers
as possible in an airport-centric, community based effort.
Barclay added that while airline based programs and
Global Entry are good avenues in enrolling qualified
participants, additional efforts will be needed to accommodate a
broader range of qualified travelers a goal that airports, the
traveling public, and the government share.
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