Reflections on Risk-based Security in 2014

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Thursday, January 15, 2015
TSA Precheck infographic (Numbers coincide with info in post.

While 2014 was a year that saw the retirement of TSA Administrator John S. Pistole, who left government service after 31 years of public service, his vision of risk-based, intelligence-driven programs introduced under his leadership will carry on.

TSA Pre✓®, a world renowned and highly effective risk-based security initiative continues to evolve. In 2014, for example, the agency added 120 new TSA Pre✓® lanes and began new TSA Pre✓® operations at 11 airports. Today, TSA Pre✓® is operational at more than 600 lanes at 124 U.S. airports. TSA Pre✓® allows select flyers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear, and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag.

TSA Pre✓® application center openings

To date, more than 800,000 travelers have enrolled in TSA Pre✓® since the first application center opened in 2013 at Indianapolis International Airport, allowing U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to directly apply for TSA Pre✓® benefits. Today, more than 330 application centers are available nationwide and 34 reside at airports, making it even more convenient to apply.

TSA Pre✓® expands to four U.S. service academies

As the result of the ongoing partnership with the Department of Defense, TSA extended TSA Pre✓® expedited screening benefits to students of four U.S. service academies, the Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy and the Air Force Academy.

First international carrier joins TSA Pre✓®

TSA also extended TSA Pre✓® benefits to eligible customers of Air Canada, the first international carrier to participate in the popular expedited security screening initiative. TSA is working with additional international carriers to join TSA Pre✓®.

This shift from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to aviation security is best described by former Administrator Pistole in his final blog post on the evolution of TSA risk-based security.

More than 276 million travelers received some form of expedited screening in 2014. Through initiatives like TSA Pre✓®, TSA is working to improve the effectiveness of aviation security while greatly improving the travel experience.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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