Getting through security at Tampa International Airport just got a little easier. The Transportation Security Administration unveiled a new screening process that's designed to make airport security more efficient.
"It's an intelligence driven, risk-based approach that seeks to leave the one-size fits all model," said TSA Federal Security Director Gary Milano.
TIA is one of only two airports in the country to try the new program. It's called "managed inclusion," and it aims to improve the experience of passengers. Milano explained how it works during a press conference in the Delta terminal at TIA, the only terminal currently using the process.
When passengers arrive on the tram, TSA K9 teams screen passengers as they walk towards security. While waiting in line, Behavior Detection Officers monitor passengers, and conduct threat assessments. Finally, passengers stand on a random screening generator. The device then randomly selected passengers to go through an expedited screening process.
Selected passengers don't have to take off their belts, shoes, or outer jackets. They can also leave their laptops and liquids in their bags.
"I think it's good that we finally got to a point that it's not as dramatic as it was before," said passenger Ed Lugo.
Milano said there's also an added benefit for passengers who aren't selected for the expedited screening.
"Lanes one through five are much freer and much quicker because there's less passengers backing them up," said Milano.
Indianapolis is the only other airport currently participating in "managed inclusion." The TSA said it hopes to expand the program in the future.
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