Military Could Get Special Consideration From TSA

Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 10:44 AM

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Members of the military might soon get a pass on those long security lines at our nation’s airports. The House is poised to vote on a bill that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop expedited screening for uniformed troops and their families traveling on official orders, The Washington Post’s blog the Federal Eye reports.
 
The measure expected to be voted on tonight is called the Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act and was introduced by Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn.

“Our soldiers who are putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere should be afforded extra respect when returning home to their loved ones and shouldn’t be viewed as potential terrorists in our airports,” Cravaack said, according to the Post.

Should the measure become law, the troops will be just the latest group to get special treatment.

The TSA has been testing a frequent-traveler program at four airports since July. Another program for pilots and crew has some 59,000 participants, and young children are now allowed to wear their shoes when passing through security, the Post reported.

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