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Is TSA’s PreCheck program a security risk?




Travelers go through the TSA PreCheck security point at Miami International Airport on June 2, 2016 in Miami, Florida.
Travelers go through the TSA PreCheck security point at Miami International Airport on June 2, 2016 in Miami, Florida.
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In a recent Op-Ed in the LA Times, former Transportation Security Administration Director Kip Hawley criticized the agency’s PreCheck program for its vulnerabilities, which he said include unreliable identity verification and security oversights.

In the midst of increased holiday traffic, TSA PreCheck is a popular program that allows travelers to skip long lines in exchange for a fee, a background check and interview.

But what are the trade-offs? Do improved wait times for passengers justify the security risks involved?

Guest:

Hugo Martin, travel reporter for the Los Angeles Times