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TSA Studies Plan To Screen Baggage Based On Passenger’s Security Risk

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SAN FRANCISCI (CBS SF) — The TSA is studying plans to give luggage different levels of screening depending on the passenger.

Currently, all checked baggage is screened in a one-size fits all process, but that could change if the agency goes through with what it calls ‘risk-based’ screening.

The TSA is embarking on a five year, $2 billion security strategic capability plan, which will study ways to match checked bags with the security profile of the passengers who checked them.

Bags of lower risk passengers might receive less screening than other bags, which could speed up the process, and focus more attention on higher risk baggage.

But, some travelers at San Francisco International airport felt the plan could have unintended consequences.

“That would not be very useful, because then like whoever was targeting airplanes, or trying to transport something they would just hire someone that has whatever profile they would need to get bags through,” traveler Robert Hero said.

The TSA says it screens 1.2 million bags every day at airports around the nation.

There is no specific timeline for the program, but the agency says it will begin working with industry groups and airports immediately to study the options.

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