By Andrea Romano
August 02, 2018
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Travelers in smaller airports could soon have a much shorter wait to get to their gate.

According to an exclusive report from CNN, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is considering ending security screenings at some small and medium-sized airports (those serving aircraft with 60 seats or fewer) across the country. Passengers would instead be screened when they arrive at major airports for connecting flights, which takes advantage of larger airports’ access to better, newer security screening technology.

The TSA describes the increase in risk as “small,” and notes the change could save about $115 million annually.

As any traveler knows, strident security screenings have become the norm since September 11, 2001. The proposal is already attracting criticism: A CNN terrorism analyst said it was “stunning that this is even seriously being considered,” and an anonymous TSA source told the network the idea was “dangerous.”

However, the proposal suggests that small airports are less “attractive” to terrorist attacks, according to CNN. By cutting security screening at smaller airports and requiring it at larger ones with better technology, the TSA predicts security could be more efficient.

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