Air Travel News
Briefs: TSA, Clear add airports to trusted traveler programs
In news of airport security this week, the Transportation Security Administration has opened up a PreCheck lane at another airport; the private-sector Clear trusted traveler program adds a fifth airport to its roster; and TSA is reportedly switching out its body scanning equipment at several key facilities.
• TSA said it has introduced its PreCheck expedited security screening option at Honolulu International Airport. The new PreCheck lane at HNL’s Checkpoint 3 is available to participating members of the loyalty programs of American, Delta, United, US Airways and Alaska Airlines, as well as to members of Customs and Border Protection trusted traveler plans like Global Entry. Participants are identified to security personnel by a special code in their boarding pass. Meanwhile, the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel is reporting that TSA expects to introduce PreCheck to Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in mid-December.
• The Clear program, which provides expedited access to airport security screening for members, announced it will add a fifth airport to its network in November. The program is already available in San Francisco, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver and Orlando. The newest facility to join Clear will be New York’s Westchester County Airport in White Plains, about 30 miles north of Manhattan. The company said it expects to add other airports, including those serving New York City.
• The investigative reporting website Pro Publica said that the TSA has been “quietly removing” its x-ray backscatter full-body scanners from several major U.S. airports—including Boston, LAX, Chicago O’Hare, Orlando and New York JFK—and replacing them with another version of scanners that use so-called millimeter wave technology. The latter devices use low-energy radio waves for their scans, a method considered less controversial than the x-ray devices, which have drawn some criticism for possible ill effects on passengers’ health with repeated exposures.