Bill Introduced to Expand TSA PreCheck Enrollment

by Jessica Montevago
Bill Introduced to Expand TSA PreCheck Enrollment

It would make it easier for like federal employees holding an active security clearance and law enforcement officers to join. Photo: David Tran Photo/

Legislation that has been recently introduced in the Senate that would expand TSA PreCheck enrollment for people in positions of public trust.

Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) last week introduced the Secure Traveler Act, allowing individuals who have already passed extensive background checks, such as law enforcement officers and federal employees holding an active security clearance, to more easily enroll in TSA PreCheck.

This would not only expedite their application process and incentivize participation in the program, but it would free up capacity to screen other, non-eligible applicants.

Applicants would not have to undergo a second background check when applying for PreCheck. The TSA would create a process to verify an active security clearance for applicants in lieu of a background check.

Participants would still be subject to other program requirements, including paying all applicable fees, and would still pass through airport security.

Senator Thune said the legislation would free up resources that could be used on other travelers and help cut down on long airport security lines. “If we can move passengers through TSA checkpoints faster, in an effective and secure way, the travel experience will be better and less stressful, and with shorter lines, it will be safer, too,” he said in a statement.

“Eliminating a duplicative background check for these individuals will facilitate Precheck enrollment, helping to reduce wait times and alleviating pressure on an already stretched-thin TSA workforce,” U.S. Travel Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Barnes said. “The expedited screening process requires fewer officers and allows the agency to focus resources on travelers who have not been vetted. Security is therefore the main beneficiary of growing Precheck.”

Could not load file or assembly 'System.Net.Http.Primitives, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a' or one of its dependencies. The located assembly's manifest definition does not match the assembly reference. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131040)

The World’s Best Events to Build Trips Around

All travel advisors can benefit from adding events to their trip-planning services, further expanding their ability to help their clients have unforgettable travel experiences - the kind that they’ll tell their grandkids about some day.

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
U.S. Airlines are Making a Fortune from Baggage Fees

Major U.S. airlines are collecting more in baggage fees than ever before, according to Upgraded Points.

Virgin Atlantic Reveals Plan for Massive Expansion

The carrier plans to challenge British Airways for dominance at London Heathrow Airport, as well as expand its service to 84 new destinations.

Hotel Executives on Headwinds Caused by Media Coverage of Dominican Republic

Industry leaders talk about what the travel industry needs to do to change the negative narrative that has been created around the Caribbean country.

Travel Industry Provides Aid to Those Affected by Hurricane Dorian

Organizations have taken part in the Hurricane Dorian relief effort, from donating millions of dollars to transporting survivors and flying critical supplies to the Bahamas.

First Look: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2019

This year's mazes promise guests their fair share of thrills and chills.

The Bahamas Wants Travelers to Know It’s Open for Business

Officials are reminding the public that there are 14 islands that are ready to welcome tourists, and visits to those islands will help raise funds to help others that were hard-hit.

News Briefs
Tip of the Day

"Most people do want to experience new things. There is a small percentage, maybe 10%-15%, who always want to do the same thing: Either return to the same all-inclusive or take the same cruise line to the same Caribbean islands."

Stephanie Goldberg-Glazer

Live Well, Travel Often

Daily Top List

Five Rugby World Cup 2019 Host Cities

  1. Sapporo
  2. Kamaishi, Iwate Pref. 
  3. Kumagaya, Saitama Preg. 
  4. Tokyo 
  5. Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref.

Source: JapanTimes

TMR Outlooks