Travel and Clothing Company Surf Patch Releases Statement Regarding “Precheck” Programs

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Following a recent article from The Denver Post on the TSA expanding the “precheck” program in Denver International Airport, Surf Patch offers a response.

On October 15, 2012, Travel and clothing company Surf Patch, released a statement in regards to the recent implementation of a security “precheck” program at Denver International Airport (DIA) in order to fly clear.

According to The Denver Post, The Transportation Security Administration has expanded its precheck program at DIA, allowing passengers who qualify to pass through security quicker. The program does have several qualifications that must be met reports The Denver Post. The passenger must be a United States citizen, be traveling domestically and be a frequent flier or be a member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs. Qualification is also determined by airline that the passenger is traveling on. This privilege is only available to those flying Alaska, American, Delta, United and U.S. Airways.

The Denver Post reports that the DIA’s main reason for implementing this program is so the TSA can focus their resources where they are needed. Instead of wasting time and resources on those the agency has already deemed “low risk” passengers, the TSA can focus on “high[er] risk” passengers. It is worthy of noting that regardless of this program, random screenings and checks will still occur.

The travel and clothing company Surf Patch responds to this pre-check system with applause, commending the actions of DIA. World traveler Takara Licausi states that, “The DIA’s actions to implement an efficient program for processing passengers are outstanding.” Licausi adds, “Although this service can provide a benefit, the program is severely limited. While the program is beneficial for the TSA, so that its resources can be more utilized to protect passengers, the fact that it is restricted to five airlines and domestic flights may not reduce traffic at airport security checks in any significant way.”

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