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Trump’s choice for Homeland Security Adviser Could Impact Travelers Using TSA’s PreCheck

airport lineBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump’ choice for homeland security adviser could impact travelers who use the TSA’s PreCheck process.

Thomas P. Bossert, a former aide to former President George W. Bush, has expressed skepticism about the PreCheck process, saying more stringent background checks and longer wait times may be necessary, the Palm Beach Daily News reports. 

“Tom brings enormous depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to protecting the homeland to our senior White House team,” Trump said in a news release. “He has a handle on the complexity of homeland security, counter terrorism, and cyber security challenges. He will be an invaluable asset to our administration.”

In op-eds, Bossert said the TSA “is not an intelligence agency. It is historically a consumer of intelligence gathered and analyzed by others.”

More people are using PreCheck to alleviate long waits at airports, with more than 4 million people signed up.

However, some observers have criticized the system as lax and may have holes in the background checks process.

“There is no screening algorithm and no database check that can accurately predict human behavior — especially on the scale of millions,” former TSA administrator Kip Hawley said last week in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.

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Wausau Daily Herald Editorial: Finally, TSA Realizes We’re Not All Terrorists

tsa.gov

Wausau Daily Herald
Editorial Board

For years, the Transportation Security Administration has “managed” the risk of in-flight terror attacks by throwing every one of us — from geriatrics to infants in strollers — into the same category.

Call it “one size fits no one.”

Finally, that policy is changing. The TSA is dramatically expanding a service that allows participating passengers to pass through the dreaded screening process at airports with minimal intrusions.

The key to these customer-friendly, fee-based services? A welcome bureaucratic acknowledgment that life in a modern, mobile society demands trade-offs.

There are risks, and there are “risks.”

TSA administrator John Pistole told The Arizona Republic’s editorial board that his agency plans to open an enrollment center soon at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for travelers to sign up for the program, known as PreCheck. Finding innovative ways to move passengers more quickly while still maintaining an acceptable level of security has been an agency goal since 2011, he said.

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