Travel Company, Surf Patch, Commented on an Article Regarding Airport Security Getting an Upgrade to Help Passengers Fly Clear

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Following an article about airport security upgrades aimed to speed up the security process, Surf Patch offered their comments.

On January 16, 2013, travel company Surf Patch, commented on a Tampa Bay Times article, regarding the recent plans to upgrade airport security, in order to let passengers fly clear of waits and delays.

According to the Tampa Bay Times article, and experimental program is being tested at Tampa International Airport, aimed to improve airport security and the delays it can cause. The article states, “The improvement builds on an earlier foray into common sense by TSA that allows fliers to qualify for expedited screening for up to five years if they pass a background check, an interview and pay a $100 fee.”

The article mentions that the improvements will allow fewer people to remove clothing, open laptop carriers, and remove liquids from their belongings, which all consume time. The article informs however that passengers are still required to pass through metal detectors, and bags will still need to clear X-ray scanners.

According to the article, “Behavioral detection remains disputed, and TSA needs to keep vigilant in avoiding racial/cultural profiling in determining who qualifies for expedited screening.”

Travel company, Surf Patch, commended the new program aimed to speed up airport security and help passengers fly clear of delays. “As a frequent flier, I know just how much of a hassle it is to wait on long security lines at the airport, and programs like these are a step in the right direction to avoid these wait times,” says world traveler Takara Licausi.

Surf Patch was founded in 2000 by a group of college students from UC Santa Barbara. We are a website made for travelers to share their travel experiences and favorite surfing spots. We offer a unique view on the most amazing places in the world. Surf Patch gives a laid-back, relaxing feel to the world of traveling and surfing. We spend most of our time traveling the world and experiencing new places to review and share with the world.


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