Risk-Based Passenger Screening – TSA PreCheck and CBP Global Entry/Trusted Traveler
The Issue: Business travelers support a secure aviation system that allows passengers to travel quickly and avoid travel hassles. Checkpoint screening delays at airports cost travelers time and money, and reduce business opportunities. Facing intense pressure to reduce budget deficits, the Administration and Congress will make difficult program funding cuts. Full funding for PreCheck, Global Entry and other risk-based programs is essential and should not be reduced.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) should focus on high-risk travelers and reduce screening for low-risk, high-frequency business travelers. That would better allocate TSA staffing, equipment, and administration, and reduce budget and fee increases. PreCheck allows frequent flyers with numerous U.S. airlines who volunteer information prior to flying to undergo expedited checkpoint screening – possibly no removal of lap tops, overcoats and shoes. TSA has announced expansion to 35 airports by the end of 2012, with over 4 million PreCheck participants so far. Members of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry and NEXUS, may also participate. CBP’s Global Entry - automated kiosk Customs clearance - is another success story. After undergoing a background investigation, approved travelers can present machine readable passports at kiosks in nearly 40 gateway airports. CBP expects over 95 percent of arriving international passengers to clear Customs in less than five minutes.
GBTA Position: GBTA supports full funding and expansion of these risk-based programs at current and new airports. TSA should expand PreCheck participation by opening up eligibility to larger populations and continue adding PreCheck lanes at qualified airports as quickly as possible, working toward nation-wide implementation. CBP should continue expanding Global Entry airports and adding kiosks to current Global Entry airports. If Congress does not fully fund these programs, increased wait times and passenger frustration will grow. That, in turn, will discourage valuable business travel.
GBTA welcomes the increased funding in the House and Senate DHS/TSA appropriations bills, and urges Congress to pass a 2013 DHS/TSA budget that includes the increases. GBTA opposes any effort to decrease risk-based security program funding as part of a deficit reduction package.
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PreCheck and Global Entry
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