To ease delays at airport security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration has launched a pilot program that lets average travelers hurry to their planes without having to remove their shoes or take liquids out of their carry-ons.
But there are a couple of hurdles: The travelers first have to get past an explosive-sniffing dog and a TSA agent who is specially trained to detect suspicious behavior.
The program, dubbed Managed Inclusion, is being tested at the Tampa, Fla., and Indianapolis international airports. TSA Administrator John Pistole said he hopes to expand the program next year. There's no word yet on when it might come to Southern California.
The TSA currently operates “PreCheck” security lines in 35 airports, including Los Angeles International and Orange County's John Wayne airports. The lines are reserved for pre-screened travelers who are members of an airline or hotel loyalty program or have paid $100 to enroll in a screening program through U.S. Customs and Border Protection.