DHS' registered travelers project takes test flight

The Homeland Security Department has launched its Registered Traveler Pilot Program at four airports and plans to unveil it today at the last of five sites, Reagan National Airport in Virginia.

The Transportation Security Administration has formed partnerships with American, Northwest, Continental and United airlines to carry out the pilots.

Travelers provide their fingerprints, iris scans and personal information at airport enrollment rooms. In some pilots, travelers receive smart cards with their photos and biometric data embedded in a chip.

TSA enters the information in a database and uses it to check criminal records and terrorist watch lists, the spokeswoman said.

Registered travelers are exempt from secondary screening at airport checkpoints under some circumstances.

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