Airline pilots traveling through O'Hare will fly through security under a new screening program being tested this summer.
"KnownCrew" will require TSA screeners to use laptops to check a pilot's photo ID badge and driver's license against his or her pictures stored in an employee database. The pilot must also input his or her ID numbers as a security measure, theChicago Tribune's Getting Around columnist Jon Hilkevitch reports.
A TSA agent will not search a pilot or his or her carry-on luggage if the pilot meets all the steps with flying colors.
Officials hope shortening the security check-in for pilots will speed up the process of getting passengers to the gate.