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Risk-Based Security Initiatives

TSA has evolved from a one-size-fits-all approach to security and changed operations by adopting a risk-based, intelligence-driven method. Risk-based security is based on the understanding that the vast majority of people traveling pose little to no threat to aviation and therefore TSA can expedite the physical security screening process at the airport.

TSA has developed conceptual screening processes consistent with this approach that the agency began testing at airports in August 2011. Click below to learn more about each program.

TSA will continue to take steps to further enhance its layered approach to security through new state-of-the-art technologies, expanded use of existing and proven technologies, better passenger identification techniques and other developments that will continue to strengthen the agency’s capabilities to keep terrorists off commercial aircraft.

Risk-based security screening to identify, mitigate or resolve potential threats before entry to a secured area or aircraft requires the application of judgment and discretion by TSA screening personnel.  Screening personnel also rely on the cooperation of persons being screened, who may be asked questions regarding their identity, travel itinerary, property and other related matters.  Regardless of whether an alarm is triggered, persons and property may receive a variety of screening processes, including random screening.

As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening. Through layered security measures, today's TSA is able to maintain security levels high while providing an enhanced traveler experience, thus creating a much stronger and protected transportation system.

Latest revision: 31 March 2015