Keep Your Shoes On!

June 16, 2011
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Our friends at MedjetAssist are always current on the latest happenings in travel, and they’ve just filled us in on a proposed TSA procedure that let “trusted travelers” keep their shoes on, leave laptops in bags and avoid the dreaded body scanners.

Drawing from data from frequent flyer programs, the TSA plans to identify trusted travelers and indicate their status with a bar code on their boarding passes. When the boarding pass and valid identification are presented at the security checkpoint, a trusted flier will be directed to an expedited screening line.

Computers and scanners will be rolled out at checkpoints later this year to let screeners verify boarding passes and making sure names and flight information are valid. It is also likely the new system will be tailored to specific flights or routes.

Don’t worry — the TSA has stated that there will be some unpredictability and randomness in order to not provide terrorists the ability to “game the system.”

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