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Airport Security Gets Faster for Service Members

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Uniformed service members will soon move through airport security more quickly.

President Obama signed The Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act into law Tuesday, requiring the Transportation Security Administration to develop new expedited procedures for screening military passengers.

Sponsored by Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., the bill passed in the House in November with a 404-0 vote. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., pushed the bill through the Senate soon after.

"This is terrific news for our troops," Cravaack said. "An expedited, risk-based TSA screening process is the least we can do for our men and women in uniform and their families who sacrifice so much."

Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

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