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Airport security lines are about to get worse―a perfect advertisement for TSA PreCheck

Your laptop isn t the only item you ll have to part with at airport security. For over a year, the Transportation Security Administration has been quietly testing new security requirements at 10 US airports, including in Los Angeles, Boston, and Las Vegas, that require passengers to remove any electronic item larger than a cell phone, not just laptops, from carry-on baggage so scanners can better read the contents of the luggage. These requirements could be extended to other airports, the TSA said.

This helps in obtaining a clearer picture on the X-ray machine, a TSA spokeswoman told Quartz, adding that the tests are not related to the recent US ban on laptops and other large electronic devices[1] on on US-bound flights from the Middle East. Passengers may also have to part with items other than electronics, the TSA said. Food and other things travelers stuff in their bags to avoid baggage fees[2] can also make it hard for X-ray machines to read the contents of a bag, creating false alarms.

Everyday items can appear similar to explosives on an X-ray, the TSA spokeswoman said. Those items could include packages of dense chocolate, the Wall Street Journal[3] (paywall) reported.

Airport Security Lines Are About To Get Worse―a Perfect Advertisement For TSA PreCheck

But as with the electronics ban, having some cash to spare[4] goes a long way. The restrictions are the perfect advertisement for the TSA PreCheck program,[5] whose members are exempt from the stepped-up checks. TSA PreCheck members pay $85 for five years of membership after undergoing a background check and are granted access to less invasive security screenings and usually shorter, dedicated security lanes. TSA PreCheck applications jumped last year after hourslong security lines[6] formed in Chicago and other large US airports. As of this month, 4.8 million people are enrolled in TSA s PreCheck, up from 2.6 million enrollees a year ago, but TSA has said it aims to get 25 million people enrolled by 2025. What better advertisement than the alternative of a longer security line?

For those that don t want to pay the additional fee, do yourself and your fellow travelers a favor: Instead of fumbling around emptying out your luggage, consider a digital detox on your next flight and leave the electronics at home.

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References

  1. ^ US ban on laptops and other large electronic devices (qz.com)
  2. ^ to avoid baggage fees (qz.com)
  3. ^ the Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com)
  4. ^ having some cash to spare (qz.com)
  5. ^ TSA PreCheck program, (qz.com)
  6. ^ after hourslong security lines (qz.com)
  7. ^ Trump reportedly called Germany bad, very bad and threatened to stop Americans from buying BMWs (qz.com)

Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees

A Senate panel on Thursday panned a proposal from the White House to cut funding for airport security programs and hike passenger security fees tacked onto airline tickets. In his fiscal 2018 budget request released this week, President Trump called for raising the Transportation Security Administration s (TSA) airline passenger security fee from $5.60 to $6.60 for each connecting flight. The administration said the dollar increase would generate an extra $530 million, which would be funneled toward beefing up aviation security.

But Sen. John BoozmanSenators Pan WH Proposal To Cut Airport Security Programs, Hike Ticket FeesJohn BoozmanSenators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees Congress should let local communities set their own PACE GOP senators on Comey firing: Where they stand MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1] (R-Ark.), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security, said at a hearing on Thursday that the idea fails to take into consideration many practical realities.

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The airlines have long urged lawmakers to avoid raising ticket fees, which they say would discourage travel and place an added burden on passengers.

Congress doubled the fee in 2014, and a portion of the revenue collected from the fee is diverted to other parts of the budget not related to airport security.

“There is no justification for asking airline customers to pay more, particularly while our government is diverting billions of dollars in security fees away from TSA checkpoints,” said Airlines for America, the leading trade group representing most of the nation s major airlines.

“Tax increases are not the answer, and will only serve to drive up the cost of flying for millions of Americans who rely on air travel, cost jobs, limit service options to small and medium communities and ultimately harm the U.S economy.”

Sen. Jon TesterSenators Pan WH Proposal To Cut Airport Security Programs, Hike Ticket FeesJon TesterSanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Montana senator on Gianforte: Dealing with media part of the job Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees MORE[8][9][10][11][12][7] (D-Mont.), ranking member on the panel, took issue with Trump s spending blueprint for slashing a number of the TSA s airport security programs that were implemented in the wake of the 9/11 terrorists attacks.

“I am concerned about what is missing in this budget when it comes to other priorities, like aviation security,” Tester said. “The threat to aviation is very high we ve had classified briefings on this, in fact but we also see budget cuts to several TSA security programs.”

The budget would reduce the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams from 31 to eight. These “VIPR” teams sweep transit hubs, often using bomb-sniffing dogs, and are designed to serve as a visible security presence around airports, train stations and ports. Lawmakers increased the number of VIPR teams in an aviation bill last year to enhance aviation security following the deadly bombing of an airport in Brussels. But the Trump administration has said the program “achieves few Federal law enforcement priorities.”

The proposal would also reduce TSA staff at airport exit lanes by 1,794 officers. The exit lanes don t have screening checkpoints but have officers present to ensure that people don t walk into the gate areas.

And a TSA grant program that provides money for state and local law enforcement to patrol airports would be completely eliminated under the White House budget, saving around $45 million.

“I m very concerned,” said Sen. Jeanne ShaheenSenators Pan WH Proposal To Cut Airport Security Programs, Hike Ticket FeesJeanne ShaheenSenators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees Dem senator: ‘One of our closest allies’ expressed concern about intelligence sharing Sessions postpones Senate testimony on DOJ funding MORE[14][15][16][17][18][13] (D-N.H.). “I was governor on 9/11, and I can tell you that the support we got from the federal government to help us to be better prepared to fight terrorist attacks was absolutely significant, and we could not have replaced that in another way.”

References

  1. ^ John Boozman (thehill.com)
  2. ^ John Boozman (thehill.com)
  3. ^ Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees (thehill.com)
  4. ^ Congress should let local communities set their own PACE (thehill.com)
  5. ^ GOP senators on Comey firing: Where they stand (thehill.com)
  6. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  7. ^ Jon Tester (thehill.com)
  8. ^ Jon Tester (thehill.com)
  9. ^ Sanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill (thehill.com)
  10. ^ Montana senator on Gianforte: Dealing with media part of the job (thehill.com)
  11. ^ Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees (thehill.com)
  12. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  13. ^ Jeanne Shaheen (thehill.com)
  14. ^ Jeanne Shaheen (thehill.com)
  15. ^ Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees (thehill.com)
  16. ^ Dem senator: ‘One of our closest allies’ expressed concern about intelligence sharing (thehill.com)
  17. ^ Sessions postpones Senate testimony on DOJ funding (thehill.com)
  18. ^ MORE (thehill.com)

Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike …

A Senate panel on Thursday panned a proposal from the White House to cut funding for airport security programs and hike passenger security fees tacked onto airline tickets. In his fiscal 2018 budget request released this week, President Trump called for raising the Transportation Security Administration s (TSA) airline passenger security fee from $5.60 to $6.60 for each connecting flight. The administration said the dollar increase would generate an extra $530 million, which would be funneled toward beefing up aviation security.

But Sen. John BoozmanSenators Pan WH Proposal To Cut Airport Security Programs, Hike ...John BoozmanSenators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees Congress should let local communities set their own PACE GOP senators on Comey firing: Where they stand MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1] (R-Ark.), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security, said at a hearing on Thursday that the idea fails to take into consideration many practical realities.

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The airlines have long urged lawmakers to avoid raising ticket fees, which they say would discourage travel and place an added burden on passengers.

Congress doubled the fee in 2014, and a portion of the revenue collected from the fee is diverted to other parts of the budget not related to airport security.

“There is no justification for asking airline customers to pay more, particularly while our government is diverting billions of dollars in security fees away from TSA checkpoints,” said Airlines for America, the leading trade group representing most of the nation s major airlines.

“Tax increases are not the answer, and will only serve to drive up the cost of flying for millions of Americans who rely on air travel, cost jobs, limit service options to small and medium communities and ultimately harm the U.S economy.”

Sen. Jon TesterSenators Pan WH Proposal To Cut Airport Security Programs, Hike ...Jon TesterSanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Montana senator on Gianforte: Dealing with media part of the job Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees MORE[8][9][10][11][12][7] (D-Mont.), ranking member on the panel, took issue with Trump s spending blueprint for slashing a number of the TSA s airport security programs that were implemented in the wake of the 9/11 terrorists attacks.

“I am concerned about what is missing in this budget when it comes to other priorities, like aviation security,” Tester said. “The threat to aviation is very high we ve had classified briefings on this, in fact but we also see budget cuts to several TSA security programs.”

The budget would reduce the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams from 31 to eight. These “VIPR” teams sweep transit hubs, often using bomb-sniffing dogs, and are designed to serve as a visible security presence around airports, train stations and ports. Lawmakers increased the number of VIPR teams in an aviation bill last year to enhance aviation security following the deadly bombing of an airport in Brussels. But the Trump administration has said the program “achieves few Federal law enforcement priorities.”

The proposal would also reduce TSA staff at airport exit lanes by 1,794 officers. The exit lanes don t have screening checkpoints but have officers present to ensure that people don t walk into the gate areas.

And a TSA grant program that provides money for state and local law enforcement to patrol airports would be completely eliminated under the White House budget, saving around $45 million.

“I m very concerned,” said Sen. Jeanne ShaheenSenators Pan WH Proposal To Cut Airport Security Programs, Hike ...Jeanne ShaheenSenate panel approves Scott Brown as NZ ambassador Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees Dem senator: ‘One of our closest allies’ expressed concern about intelligence sharing MORE[14][15][16][17][18][13] (D-N.H.). “I was governor on 9/11, and I can tell you that the support we got from the federal government to help us to be better prepared to fight terrorist attacks was absolutely significant, and we could not have replaced that in another way.”

References

  1. ^ John Boozman (thehill.com)
  2. ^ John Boozman (thehill.com)
  3. ^ Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees (thehill.com)
  4. ^ Congress should let local communities set their own PACE (thehill.com)
  5. ^ GOP senators on Comey firing: Where they stand (thehill.com)
  6. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  7. ^ Jon Tester (thehill.com)
  8. ^ Jon Tester (thehill.com)
  9. ^ Sanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill (thehill.com)
  10. ^ Montana senator on Gianforte: Dealing with media part of the job (thehill.com)
  11. ^ Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees (thehill.com)
  12. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
  13. ^ Jeanne Shaheen (thehill.com)
  14. ^ Jeanne Shaheen (thehill.com)
  15. ^ Senate panel approves Scott Brown as NZ ambassador (thehill.com)
  16. ^ Senators pan WH proposal to cut airport security programs, hike ticket fees (thehill.com)
  17. ^ Dem senator: ‘One of our closest allies’ expressed concern about intelligence sharing (thehill.com)
  18. ^ MORE (thehill.com)
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