Tampa, Florida -- Do you hate waiting in massive screening lines when you fly?
Well, the next time the TSA screens you at Tampa International Airport, you may end up somewhere you never expected -- the front of the line.
If you don't look like a terrorist, you don't act like a terrorist, and you don't smell like a terrorist, there's a chance you'll get chosen for this special treatment.
The Transportation Security Administration has started using what they call Realtime Risk Assessment. A group of very cute, very skilled bomb-sniffing dogs may come up to you while you're waiting in line. At the same time, special TSA agents are watching you. They're officers trained to spot scientifically-proven behaviors of people up to no good.
There's a ton of technology on alert, as well. If you pass all of those tests, you may now be diverted into the TSA Pre-Check line. That's the trusted traveler program you can sign up for in advance. But even if you haven't signed up, Realtime Risk Assessment may mean you get to join that much faster line.
You can then leave your shoes and jacket on and your laptop and liquids in your bag.
There's no guarantee you'll get upgraded -- they choose random batches out of the people who pass the tests. And anyone who is seen as a potential threat, or they're just not sure about, will keep going through the traditional line.
Of course, you can sign up in advance for TSA Pre-Check and use that line all of the time.
You can apply for it on the TSA Pre-Check website.
The next time the TSA screens you at Tampa international Airport, you may end up somewhere you never expected -- the front of the line. WTSP