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TSA Floats the Idea of a New Security Line

Condé Nast Traveler logo Condé Nast Traveler 8/9/2018 Katherine LaGrave
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Earlier this month, news circulated that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was considering removing passenger screening at national airports. The TSA shut that report down pretty quickly. Now, though, the TSA has hinted that it will make a big change to security—and dogs will be involved.

In a conversation with USA Today earlier this week, TSA chief David Pekoske said that he hopes to add more dogs to the agency's security measures in the next year. Passengers "swept" (read: sniffed) by the dogs would then be able to move through the security line faster, Pekoske said. These pre-sniffed passengers won't be shuffled into the PreCheck lane: instead, they'll get their own, where possible. (No word yet on just how you'll get selected by the dog.) Tests will begin in late fall and run through early 2019, Pekoske said.

But back to PreCheck: What about all of those members who have paid $85 for expedited screening, when people will soon be able to pass through, free of charge, just having been sniffed? Pekoske said he can see why they'd be unhappy, but that the ultimate goal still remains for travelers to sign up for PreCheck. "That’s better security for us, and it ends up being better convenience for the passengers," he said.

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