by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 23, 2011

The Transportation Security Administration plans to launch a new pilot trusted-traveler program for some passengers later this year, allowing them to enjoy expedited security screening when flying. Administrator John Pistole told the Senate Homeland Security Committee the TSA is working with U.S. carriers to craft the program. The U.S. Travel Association said it strongly supports the TSA's efforts to implement a risk-based trusted-traveler program where travelers can opt in and voluntarily provide background information to qualify for expedited screening. "We are extremely pleased to hear administrator Pistole plans to implement a trial trusted-traveler program as early as this fall," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the USTA.