Terror threats, airport security discussed at Spfld. meeting

David Bassett, TSA and Department of Homeland Security director for Connecticut speaks before a gathering of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Global security and a new TSA program that lets frequent flyers get to their flights faster were among the topics discussed at a special breakfast in Springfield Tuesday morning.

David Bassett, Homeland Security and TSA director for the state of Connecticut, spoke before a gathering sponsored by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.

Bassett explained some of the terrorist threats currently facing the United States, and described security measures undertaken at Bradley International Airport. He also talked about the new TSA Pre-Check screening program.

He told 22News the program is a risk based security assessment that lets qualified travelers keep their shoes and jacket on, and leave their laptops and liquids in their bags. Bassett said this is a change to the “one-size-fits-all” security checks that have been in place for the last decade.

“I think the biggest challenge is just communicating to the passengers that they are able to go through the screening protocol, and a lot of them don’t realize that,” Bassett said.

Frequent fliers can sign up for the Pre-Check program or you could be randomly selected so be sure you check your boarding pass for the words “Pre-Check” to see if you were selected.

You can learn more about TSA Pre-Check by visiting tsa.gov.

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