Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be part of a pilot program next year that promises expedited screening for some frequent fliers.
The point is to allow airport security to focus more time on screening on “other passengers who are more likely to pose a risk to transportation,” Klobuchar’s office said.
The pilot program, called TSA PreCheck, is set to begin early next year.
“TSA PreCheck will help ease headaches for Minnesota’s frequent fliers without compromising airport security,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “This new security feature will help the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport continue to be a leader in safe, efficient travel.”
Said Klobuchar’s office:
TSA is partnering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as well as U.S. air carriers to test a limited, voluntary passenger pre-screening initiative, which includes expedited screening at select checkpoints. Certain frequent flyers from Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and certain members of CBP’s Global Entry who are U.S. citizens are eligible to participate. With this expansion, passengers who are flying on Delta out of Minneapolis-St. Paul are eligible to participate in this pilot.
But there’s this caveat:
TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening in order to retain a certain element of randomness to security screening.
Can’t imagine this will be enough to placate former Gov. Jesse Ventura, who was irate last week when a judge threw out his lawsuit over airport searches.