DALLAS, TX—Travelers have experienced the hassles of airport security screening and troops are not immune.
"The only difference is that I don't have to take off my boots," Private William Dodd, who was getting on a flight at DFW Airport headed for training in Missouri with the US Army, said.
"Maybe from time to time someone will let me go in front, but usually I wait in line like everyone."
But that could change. The Trust the Troops Act allows the TSA and the Department of Defense to develop a program to speed up security screening for service men, women and their families. Most agree it is a novel idea for a noble group. Texas Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison is spearheading the proposal that promotes the troops as our most trusted travelers.
"I would like to think our military is trustworthy. I hope we don't live to regret the decision, but I support it for right now," air passenger, Sue Spradley, said.
That trust has been shattered at times. Recently, a veteran in the US Army was arrested in Midland, after authorities say he tried to get explosives on board an aircraft. Major Nidal Hassan is facing murder charges after a killing spree at Fort Hood that left his uniformed colleagues, dead.
"I don't think that exempting troops from security is the answer," Aviation attorney, Kent Krause said.
Krause says congress should look at expediting security procedures for military personnel, but he says that it isn't a plan that should be taken lightly.
"You can't just rubber stamp or glaze over and say because they are in this military category therefore they are all OK, there still has to be reasonable restrictions and I do think that is what congress is considering."
The senate and house passed the measure. The plan is now in the hands of President Obama, who must decide whether to sign it into law. A spokesperson in Senator Hutchinson's office says security concerns are valid, but the measure will not give troops a free pass through checkpoints.