In the foreseeable future, fliers can expect to be “randomized” by the Transportation Security Administration.
That means an electronic device called a randomizer would randomly direct travelers to different screening lines.
One reason the devices are needed, federal officials said, is so TSA officers can’t be accused of profiling passengers when they direct some fliers to a line for regular screening and others to a line for a faster, less intrusive search.
In many airports, the TSA operates special screening lines where travelers don’t have to remove their shoes, belts and jackets or take laptops and liquids out of carry-on bags. These lines are usually reserved for frequent fliers who submit an application with their background information.
Passengers who are picked out for extra screening by explosive-sniffing dogs or “behavior detection officers” won’t be allowed to use those faster lines, but the randomizer could sort all other passengers, officials said.