Legislators introduce bill to allow travelers to use TSA PreCheck memberships as stand-in for Real ID

AFAR Magazine has reported legislators have introduced a bill that would allow travelers to use their TSA PreCheck memberships as a stand-in for Real ID, the magazine said.

As the October 1, 2020, deadline for obtaining a Real ID approaches, members of Congress are hoping allow travelers to use their TSA PreCheck memberships as an alternative to a Real ID.

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) recently introduced a bill in the House of Representatives called the Trusted Traveler Real ID Relief Act of 2020, which would require the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to accept PreCheck enrollment as an alternative to Real ID–compliant identification for domestic air travel until April 1, 2022.

Congresswoman Lesko stated that her concern is that there will be “mass confusion, chaos, and delays that will most certainly occur across our nation´s airports if proper measures are not taken by October 1.

The bill has also suggested that TSA develop some alternative and additional screening procedures for passengers who arrive at the airport after October 1 without a Real ID–compliant license–measures that would ultimately allow those passengers to board their aircraft (unfortunately the bill did not provide further specifics on what this bypass system might look like).

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking into ways to streamline the application process–including allowing applicants to submit their required documentation electronically.