The U.S. Travel Association and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) applauded the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for expanding PreCheck to an additional 28 airports in 2012.
"Expanding PreCheck is a significant step in improving the efficiency of our nation's airports and making air travel less of a hassle for travelers while maintaining security," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "However, we must ensure PreCheck is not just an enhancement to elite frequent flyer programs, focus on expanding enrollment in the program to average American travelers and allow greater cross-enrollment for PreCheck passengers."
GBTA's Michael W. McCormick, executive director and COO commented: "The expansion of the PreCheck Program is something our members have been hoping for and GBTA has been advocating for, since the pilot program was announced last summer. As an association, faster, more efficient and smarter travel processes that ensure the traveling public's safety are our top priority and essential for business travelers."
GBTA cited TSA statistics showing that more than 336,000 passengers have been screened to date in TSA PreCheck lanes. The screening concept enhances security by enabling TSA to focus its efforts on passengers the agency knows less about while providing expedited screening for travelers who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying.
"The expansion of PreCheck and the announcement of the expansion of Global Entry are positive signs that the U.S. government recognizes how vital efficient and safe travel is for the economy to grow," said McCormick.