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    First two hours, now three hours — this is how far in advance authorities are recommending people show up to catch a domestic flight,

    从开始的两个小时,到现在是三个小时——这是当局建议人们乘坐国内航班需要提前到达机场的时间,
    at least at some major U.S. airports with increasingly massive security lines.
    至少在一些安检?#28216;?#36234;来越长的主要的美国机场是这种情况。
    Americans are willing to tolerate time-consuming security procedures in return for increased safety.
    为了确保更?#24433;?#20840;,美国人也愿意忍受耗时的安检流程。
    The crash of Egypt Air Flight 804, which terrorists may have downed over the Mediterranean Sea, provides another tragic reminder of why.
    埃及航空804号航班很可能是由于恐怖分子袭击,于地中海坠机,这一悲剧的发生也证明了乘客为何愿意忍受耗时的安检流程。
    But demanding too much of air travelers or providing too little security in return undermines public support for the process.
    ?#27426;?#23545;飞机?#27599;?#35201;求太高,或者提供的安全保障太低只会使民众对安检流程关去信心。
    And it should: Wasted time is a drag on Americans' economic and private lives, not to mention infuriating.
    不过这也怪不了乘客:安检所耗费的大量时间不仅使得乘客大为恼火,也损害美国人的经济和个人生活。
    Last year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found in a secret check that undercover investigators were able to sneak weapons — both fake and real — past airport security nearly every time they tried.
    去年,运输安全管理局(简称TSA)在一次秘密的检查中发现,便衣调查人员几乎每次尝试私携武器——真假武器?#21152;小?#36890;过机场安检,都能顺利通过。
    Enhanced security measures since then, combined with a rise in airline travel due to the improving economy and low oil prices, have resulted in long waits at major airports such as Chicago's O'Hare International.
    此后,机场加强了安检措施,又因经济?#27426;?#25913;善、?#21152;图?#26684;低,搭乘飞机出行的?#27599;?#22686;多,致使像芝加哥奥黑尔国际机场这样的主要机场的安检等待时间很长。
    It is not yet clear how much more effective airline security has become—but the lines are obvious.
    航空公司的安全措施变得多?#20174;行?#23578;不清楚——但等待安检的?#28216;?#21364;明?#21592;?#38271;了。
    Part of the issue is that the government did not anticipate the steep increase in airline travel,
    ?#28216;?#36807;长的部分原因应该是政府未能预见搭乘飞机出行的?#27599;?#30340;剧增,
    so the TSA is now rushing to get new screeners on the line.
    因此TSA现在正急着招聘新的安检员。
    Part of the issue is that airports have only so much room for screening lanes.
    部?#27835;?#39064;在于机场提供安检的通道有限。
    Another factor may be that more people are trying to overpack their carry-on bags to avoid checked-baggage fees, though the airlines strongly dispute this.
    另外一个因素可能是越来越多的人为了不交行李托运?#35759;?#23613;量随身携带更多东西,尽管航空公司强烈反对这种说法。
    There is one step the TSA could take that would not require remodeling airports or rushing to hire: Enroll more people in the PreCheck program.
    要想解决这一难题,TSA或许可以采取这样的措施,它既不需要重建机场,也不需要急着招聘新的安检?#20445;耗?#23601;是将更多的人纳入“PreCheck”?#20302;场?/div>
    PreCheck is supposed to be a win-win for travelers and the TSA.
    “PreCheck”应该对?#27599;?#21644;TSA来说是个双赢的好办法。
    Passengers who pass a background check are eligible to use expedited screening lanes.
    通过背景调查的?#27599;?#21487;使?#27599;?#25463;安检通道登机。
    This allows the TSA to focus on travelers who are higher risks, saving time for everyone involved.
    这样TSA就可以集中精力检查那些威胁更大的?#27599;停?#33410;约所?#26032;每?#30340;时间。
    The TSA wants to enroll 25 million people in PreCheck.
    TSA计划将2500万人纳人“PreCheck”?#20302;场?/div>
    It has not gotten anywhere close to that, and one big reason is sticker shock.
    但是?#24605;?#21010;没有任何进展,一大原因就是背景调查的费用过高。
    Passengers must pay $85 every five years to process their background checks.
    每隔五年,?#27599;?#23601;要掏85美元来支付对他们进行背景调查的费用。
    Since the beginning, this price tag has been PreCheck's fatal flaw.
    从一开始,费用过高就是“PreCheck”的?#26053;?#32570;陷。
    Upcoming reforms might bring the price to a more reasonable level.
    按下来的改革可能会使背景调查的费用更加合理。
    But Congress should look into doing so directly, by helping to finance PreCheck enrollment or to cut costs in other ways.
    但是国会应直?#21451;?#27714;降低背景调查费用的方法,通过为“PreCheck”注册提供资金帮助或者使用其他办法降低成本。
    The TSA cannot continue diverting resources into underused PreCheck lanes while most of the traveling public suffers in unnecessary lines.
    TSA不能继续在未充分利用的“PreCheck”通道上浪费资源,而让大多数?#27599;?#24525;受不必要的排队时间。
    It is long past time to make the program work.
    为了使该?#20302;?#25237;入使用已经耗费了太多时间。

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