The Transportation Security Administration has approved a streamlined crew security screening system that industry associations hope will expedite the airport security process for everyone who flies.
The system, which has been testing at several East Coast airports over the last few years, will enable approved crewmembers to bypass airport security queues. Airline employee databases will be tied together to verify a pilot's identity, employment status and more.
TSA officers screen more than 40,000 pilots a day -- pilots who have already undergone background checks, fingerprinting and employment checks in order to secure their jobs. By eliminating this redundant screening, TSA will save time and money -- and create fewer headaches for pilots and passengers alike.
Now, if only they would bring back such a program for passengers.