Passengers enrolled in the Transportation Security Agency’s expedited screening program, or TSA Precheck, may soon see shorter lines at the airport thanks to new legislation working its way through congress.
H.R.6265, or the PreCheck is PreCheck Act of 2018, aims to cut down on superfluous or unvetted passengers passing through expedited screening lines at the airport. Right now, those lines are open to anyone officially registered in the Precheck program – but they’re also open to a segment of travelers that are deemed low risk. According to H.R.6265, “this bill directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure that only travelers who are members of a trusted traveler program are permitted to use TSA PreCheck security screening lanes at TSA checkpoints.”
The PreCheck is PreCheck Act of 2018 precipitates from recent moves by the TSA to grant a wider swath of guest passengers access through expedited screening lanes. In the mid-2010s, the TSA had a program called Managed Inclusion that officially allowed low-risk passengers (at the agency’s discretion) access to the lane. As a result, expedited screening lanes were often congested with passengers unfamiliar with procedure, slowing down the overall flow of the checkpoint.