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The program, tested at five airports for more than a year, would allow most people to avoid random pat-downs if they pay a fee, clear a voluntary background check and provide some form of biometric identification, such as a fingerprint.
To encourage participation, Hawley said the agency is considering adding benefits such as letting registered travelers keep their shoes and jackets on, or setting up special screening lanes for registered travelers. There will be occasional random pat-downs to make sure terrorists do not try to beat the system, Hawley said.
The program is intended to let frequent air passengers avoid delays and to free up security screeners to focus on other travelers.
Originally posted by jsobecky
I don't know if I'd go for that...
I sort of look forward to the pat downs at the airport.
Originally posted by I See You
You already have nothing to hide so might as well fly faster eh?
The proposal also would allow ice picks, throwing stars and bows and arrows on flights. Allowing those items was suggested after a risk evaluation was conducted about which items posed the most danger.