Posted: 9:35 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
By Rick Couri
The new checks come well before you leave your house for the airport.
The TSA is accessing both private and government records and databases like vehicle registration, driver’s license, tax, and employment records.
While saying safety is the goal the agency claims the new procedure will help make the check-in process faster for average fliers.
Previously this kind of information and background was only available on passengers entering the United States but a program called Secure Flight has been in place for years.
The agency released a statement saying “Secure Flight has successfully used information provided to airlines to identify and prevent known or suspected terrorists or other individuals on no-fly lists from gaining access to airplanes or secure areas of airports. Additional risk assessments are used for those higher-risk passengers.”
One of the tools TSA is using is access to the passengers frequent flyer information allowing them to track previous flights and activity.
This new procedure should not be confused with the Pre-Check program introduced recently.
Pre-Check allows customers the option of using a criminal background check and fingerprints as a way to skip some of the screening required at the nation’s airports.