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Tampa airport tests new TSA screening program

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Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday travel comes the site of long lines at airport security checkpoints.

In what may be a late Christmas gift to some, the Transportation Safety Administration has announced plans to ease some of the common frustrations with security checkpoints.

In the coming year, TSA officials will launch a pilot program in Tampa, called "managed inclusion", that lets average travelers hurry to their planes without having to remove their shoes or takes liquids out of their carryon luggage. The new program is also being tested in Indianapolis.

The change is not without some hurdles. Officials with the TSA say travelers will need to pass bomb sniffing dogs and specially trained agents – searching for individuals with suspicious behavior.

If successful, TSA officials hope to expand the program to other airports.

The security screening procedures at our nation's airports have come under scrutiny in recent years. From concerns over body scans to public outcry over privacy with pat down procedures, the TSA has worked to improve and streamline the security checkpoint process.

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