The Department of Homeland Security will consider merging the PreCheck and Global Entry trusted-traveler programs.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administrator David Pekoske said that he and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner Kevin McAleenan were taking a "good, hard look" at combining voluntary vetting programs that allow air travelers to get through checkpoints more quickly, Politico reported. 

Currently, TSA oversees PreCheck while CBP is in charge of Global Entry. PreCheck is a program for domestic travel, and Global Entry expedites screening for U.S. citizens traveling internationally.

The combined programs have about 12 million members, Pekoske said, adding that combining the programs could boost membership.

Pekoske told reporters that a merger of the two programs could help unify biometrics initiatives and bring down costs.

ASTA said that while much depends on the details of how the plan would be implemented, "at first blush this sounds like a fantastic idea."

"Having two trusted-traveler programs with similar costs, benefits and application procedures has proved to be, at times, confusing and frustrating for travelers," said Eben Peck, ASTA's executive vice president of advocacy. "A single program allowing travelers to get through the airport-screening process quickly would be a welcome development and we urge DHS to move this concept forward."

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