The government has announced that a new passenger-screening program will be expanding to 28 major U.S. airports, including the three used by terrorists on 9/11. The new, no-cost screening program is supposed to be a good thing for frustrated travelers, the AP reports, as eligible passengers will have the option to volunteer more personal information about themselves in exchange for not having to remove shoes and belts at checkpoints. The screening process is actually in response to criticisms about TSA's lack of common sense, for example the instances involving: cupcakes, patting down children, and "detaining" Rand Paul. Here's how the process works:
Participating travelers will walk through a dedicated lane at airport security checkpoints. They will provide the TSA officer with a specially marked boarding pass. A machine will read the barcode, and travelers deemed "low-risk," will likely be allowed to keep on belts, shoes and jackets and leave laptops and liquids in bags when being screened.