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ATLANTA (WAOK)-If you choose to share some of your personal information with TSA, you may save some time taking your next flight. Four major U.S. airports including Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson are participating in a new pilot program called the “Pre-Check” program.

The “PreCheck” program is the first big attempt by President Barack Obama’s administration to move away from a one-size-fits-all security approach and toward a more risk-based, intelligence-driven model. It comes after complaints about full-body pat downs and intensive searches of children and the elderly.

A release from the Transportation Security Administration states:

This pilot program will help assess measures designed to enhance security by  placing more focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer information about  themselves prior to flying in order to potentially expedite the travel experience.

“As TSA moves further away from a one-size-fits-all  approach, our ultimate goal is to provide the most effective security in the  most efficient way possible,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. “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. This new screening system  holds great potential to strengthen security while significantly enhancing the  travel experience whenever possible for passengers.”

During this pilot, TSA will use pre-screening capabilities  to make intelligence-based risk assessments on passengers who voluntarily  participate in the TSA PreCheck program and are flying domestically from one of  the four pilot sites: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Detroit  Metropolitan Wayne County, Dallas/Fort Worth International and Miami  International airports. Eligible participants include certain frequent flyers from  American Airlines and Delta Air Lines as well as members of the Customs and Border  Protection’s (CBP’s) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI,  and NEXUS, who are U.S. citizens and are flying on participating airlines. If successful, TSA plans to  expand the pilot to include additional airlines, as well as other airports that  participate in CBP’s Global Entry program, once operationally ready.

Eligible passengers may be referred to a lane where they  will experience expedited screening. TSA will always incorporate random and  unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will  be guaranteed expedited screening. TSA’s multi-layered approach to security  also includes behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, canine  teams, and federal air marshals, among other measures both seen and unseen.

As part of the agency’s risk-based security initiative, TSA is  in the process of testing several other new screening initiatives, including a  program designed to provide positive ID verification for airline pilots and the  use of expanded behavior detection techniques, in addition to the recent changes  in screening procedures for children.

Only through its partnership  with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and CBP is TSA able to operationalize  this pre-screening pilot initiative in an effort to further strengthen aviation security.

For more information about TSA’s risk-based security  initiatives, visit www.tsa.gov.

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