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TSA tests new screening procedures for seniors

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

TSA is testing out a new rule at the Portland International Airport that could make security screenings easier for everyone.

Starting Monday, March 19, passengers over the age of 75 will no longer have to take off their shoes or light jackets to get through security.

Portland is just one of four cities to try this pilot program.

The idea behind the project is to speed lower-risk passengers through the screening line.

In turn, TSA hopes all the lines will go faster.

Travelers say the new rule is a pleasant surprise.

Edward Atiyeh says, "It's a marvelous idea because I have a hard time taking off my shoes."

TSA says older travelers may still have to go through pat-downs in some rare cases, but the goal is to reduce them.

The new procedure is also being tested in Chicago, Denver and Orlando.

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