Tighter airport security has made life on the road miserable for frequent business travelers.
A possible solution: Give millions of frequent travelers a high-tech “trusted-traveler” card that lets them pass through airport security faster than others. Such a program would require enrollees to pass a rigorous background check that would likely consider criminal records and work histories, and submit biometric information such as fingerprints or an iris scan. The card — with an embedded microchip — could store the biometric information to verify the cardholder’s ID and almost anything else the government wants to know.
This month, the Air Transport Association (ATA), the major airlines’ group, will ask the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for permission to test the concept with pilots and flight attendants who have already passed background checks.