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TSA to begin test phase of trusted traveller programme in autumn 2011

15-Jul-2011 10:34 AM

US Transportation Security Administration plans to begin testing its new trusted traveller programme in autumn 2011 with passengers using American Airlines and Delta Air Lines services (Business Travel News/AP/Yahoo!, 14-Jul-2011). The programme represents the Obama Administration’s attempt at a more risk-based passenger-screening programme, that involves travellers providing more in-depth personal information about themselves. The TSA will work with US Customs and Border Protection at Miami International Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Detroit Wayne County Airport. The pilot would initially include select frequent-flyer programme members and participants in US Customs’ Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS programmes. The TSA anticipates that 5000 to 8000 travellers will take part in the trial each day. It hopes to extend the test programme to United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, US Airways, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. The Air Transport Association of America applauds to programme. [more - TSA] [more - ATA]