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Top Transportation Security Official Testifies

Washington, DC
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The head of the Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole, updates a Senate Committee today on efforts to protect against terrorist threats. The agency was created ten years ago this month.

The TSA recently introduced its "PreCheck" program, which allows travelers to pass through airport security without the elaborate screening process most fliers experience.  For now the program is limited to a small group of frequent fliers but TSA hopes to expand it.

At a Senate hearing last week, Mr. Pistole said “PreCheck travelers may move more swiftly through the standard screening process and be able to divest fewer items, such as leaving their shoes on and their belt and a light jacket, along with keeping their laptops in a briefcase and keeping their liquids and aerosols and gels in their carry-on bag.” He later added that the TSA reserved the right to fully screen any passenger: "At no point is the traveler guaranteed expedited screening.”

Updated: Friday, November 11, 2011 at 3:28pm (ET)

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