U.S. Travel Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Barnes issued a statement on the introduction of the Secure Traveler Act, which would expand enrollment in the TSA Precheck program to include individuals who have already passed extensive background checks:
“Those serving in positions of public trust have already undergone a stringent vetting process. Eliminating a duplicative background check for these individuals will facilitate Precheck enrollment, helping to reduce wait times and alleviating pressure on an already stretched-thin TSA workforce.
“The expedited screening process requires fewer officers and allows the agency to focus resources on travelers who have not been vetted. Security is therefore the main beneficiary of growing Precheck.
“U.S. Travel applauds the bipartisan efforts of Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and is eager to lend its support to Congress to ensure the swift passage of this important bill.”