The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)'s controversial Managed Inclusion program will begin to phase out in accordance with legislation to strengthen the security of airport screening. Managed Inclusion involves real-time threat assessments and allows members of the public to use expedited airport security lanes typically reserved for vetted TSA PreCheck passengers, but multiple Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports and congressional hearings have raised concerns about the accuracy of the program.
A December 2014 GAO report notes that Managed Inclusion has not been tested by the TSA for overall security effectiveness, and the program is often used to speed up security lines. Previous GAO reports have also found that the accuracy of behavior-based spot detection programs such as Managed Inclusion is the same or slightly better than chance. The Security Expedited Screening Act, which was passed earlier this week, requires TSA only allow expedited screening to vetted PreCheck passengers.
"Instead of focusing on speed and unproven methods, we need to ensure that TSA is focused on thoroughly vetting passengers before providing them with expedited screening," said Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing today. "I will be closely monitoring progress on these efforts to ensure that TSA acts swiftly to phase out this problematic program."