Nearly 15 million US air travelers expected to travel in the coming holiday season will benefit from the revamping of airport security screening procedures by the US Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). The TSA said that it will be adopting “risk-based” security screening procedures as the vast majority of air travelers pose no security risk.
Under the new rules, children aged 12 and below and passengers aged 75 and older will benefit from expedited security screening. Pilots, flight attendants, military personnel and those with top-secret security clearances will also receive preferential screening treatment at some airports.
The TSA is revising the list of forbidden items to focus more on catching carried explosives and is considering using metal detectors for primary screening. The agency has also expanded its PreCheck program for fast screening of low-risk passengers at 35 US airports.
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Airport security procedures revamped as holiday travel begins