Bill to ban non-members from TSA PreCheck lanes

Members of the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck trusted traveler program could see shorter lines at the airport in the months ahead if a bill passed by the House of Representatives this week becomes law.

In order to relieve congestion in the main screening lines, TSA has routinely allowed non-members of PreCheck who are considered low-risk to use the expedited lanes – a privilege indicated by a PreCheck designation on their boarding passes.

But many PreCheck members who have gone through a security clearance procedure and paid for the faster screening have complained about the growing numbers of non-members in PreCheck lines– and their inability to get through quickly due to the novelty of the process.

So this week the House approved by voice vote a bipartisan bill that would bar TSA from letting non-members into the PreCheck lanes. It’s called the “PreCheck Is PreCheck Act of 2018.”

The legislation has the strong support of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), which said in a letter to the House Homeland Security Committee that the practice of letting non-members into the PreCheck lines has “raised issues within the business travel community.” GBTA is a trade organization that represents corporate travel interests in Washington.

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