Pilots Will Soon Fly Through Security At O’Hare

CHICAGO (CBS) — A new approach to airport security screening will be tested at O’Hare International Airport this summer.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Conway reports, the program allows pilots to move through security checkpoints without a scan or pat-down, in an effort to speed things up.

The Chicago Tribune quotes TSA officials as saying the move is a step toward a more “logical risk-based” screening system, rather than treating pilots and passengers as equal threats.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bob Conway reports

Verification of pilot identification will be made using photos and real-time airline employment data.

But some members of Congress and others question the absence of so-called biometric matches such as fingerprints, while some aviation experts warn that a strictly document-based system can be defeated, the Tribune reported.

  • james

    Oh yeah, anyone remember 911 when the terrorist were themselves pilots and had taken pilot training? So we are giving the green light to terrorist pilots everywhere that all you need is an ID card saying you are a pilot to get onboard a plane and blow it up.
    All you elderly and disabled people with your canes and wheelchairs will continue receiving full body cavity checks and treated like criminals….because that is what the terrorists want us doing in the US. Living in fear.

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