SFO to Get Easier, Less-Intrusive Security Checks

Security screenings could soon get easier.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012  |  Updated 12:27 PM PDT
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SFO to Get Easier, Less-Intrusive Security Checks

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This is similar to the xray used to find the hidden suitcase compartment at SFO, where TSA screenings could become less rigorous sometime this year.

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Ah, airport security. Time to relax at last.

San Francisco International Airport will be one of 28 airports across the country where the Transportation Security Agency will experiment with "less-intrusive" security checkpoints, according to the Associated Press.

After enough passengers complained that airline security's "random" checks of grandmothers, infants, the wheelchair users and other unlikely evildoers just didn't quite make sense, the Obama Administration says that this new check-in method -- where belts and shoes do not need to be removed -- will use "common sense" to make travel and commerce easier.

Passengers have the option to sign up, and must offer more personal information in order to do so, the news agency reported. Those participating travelers will then walk through a dedicated lane at airport security checkpoints. They will provide the TSA officer with a specially marked boarding pass with a barcode. That barcode is scanned, and if the traveler is deemed "low-risk," he or she will likely be allowed to keep on belts, shoes and jackets and leave laptops and liquids in bags when being screened, the news site said.

The sandwich on the flight will still be $10, but this is progress -- right?

SFO should see this new check-in system, currently being tested at select American airports, by the end of the year, the newspaper said.

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