TSA Changing Bomb-Sniffing Dog Policy to Not Slow PreCheck Lines

Aug 9, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Frequent flyers have been up in arms since April over non-PreCheck travelers being filtered into PreCheck lines. The Transportation Security Administration began rearranging lines after deploying more explosive detection canines to speed along the security process.

Passengers who had been sniffed by the bomb-detecting dogs were allowed through PreCheck, even if they weren’t PreCheck members, slowing down the PreCheck lines.

Our TPG Lounge members saw the policy at airports in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando and Atlanta. But now, TSA is reassuring passengers that new procedures are in the works to continue the expanded use of the canines, along with fair PreCheck lines.

The agency is looking into ways to create separate lines for those sniffed by the canines in airports that can handle it. So as early as “late fall maybe into early next year,” a prototype phase will be in the works to test out the possibility, TSA chief David Pekoske told USA Today’s editorial board on Wednesday.

TSA has been defending its position of bringing in additional canines. “If you’re swept by a canine, you do have lower risk. . . The whole idea is put the right level of security based on the risk that we think a passenger suggests,” Pekoske explained.

And this is just the beginning of what TSA intends to implement with canines. Beyond having them at checkpoints during high-volume times, TSA wants to eventually have bomb-sniffing dogs continually around to check incoming passengers.

The new policy’s implementation hopes to be more sensitive to paying PreCheck users who have been affected by slow lines because of the current arrangement. Pekoske was clear to mention passengers’ negative sentiments toward slow PreCheck lines are understandable.

“I can understand why a PreCheck passenger who paid the $85 for the five years (and) voluntarily submitted additional information about themselves for a background check (would be disappointed) when they’re standing in the PreCheck lane and see a whole bunch of passengers who are not in PreCheck but have been screened by a canine all of a sudden get in front of them,” he said.

H/T: USA Today

Featured image by Getty Images.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.