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The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday unveiled a “trusted traveler” program — one meant to expedite screening at U.S. airport checkpoints, agency chief John Pistole said.

“As with any initiative, we are testing this prescreening concept with a small passenger population at limited airports,” he said at an aviation security conference in the Netherlands. “If proven successful, we will explore expanding the program to additional travelers, airports and airlines.”

All participants must be U.S. citizens who voluntarily release certain information about themselves.

During its evaluation phase, TSA PreCheck will be available only to certain frequent fliers on American and Delta airlines flying out of certain airports. Delta passengers must be flying out of Atlanta and Detroit airports, and American Airlines passengers must be flying out of Miami and Dallas airports.

It was opened to participants in Custom and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS.

“As TSA moves further away from a one-size-fits-all approach, our ultimate goal is provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” said Christopher McLaughlin, TSA assistant administrator of security operations.


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