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TSA Expands PreCheck Program to Five New Airports

By Matt Alderton
February 22, 2013

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will introduce its express security checkpoint program at five additional U.S. airports by April 1, 2013, it announced yesterday.

Known as TSA PreCheck — or TSA Pre✓™ — the voluntary “trusted traveler” program allows eligible fliers who pass a background check in advance of flying to pass more quickly through security checkpoints thanks to a special expedited screening lane that does not require passengers to remove their shoes, belts, coats, laptops or carry-on toiletries. With the addition of five new airports — Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS), Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE), Memphis International (MEM), Nashville International (BNA) and Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) airports — the program will now be available at 40 U.S. airports.

“Offering TSA PreCheck at five additional airports is a key step to including more low-risk travelers in the expedited screening process,” TSA Administrator John S. Pistole said in a statement. “This pre-screening initiative helps TSA focus its resources on those individuals we know less about, and strengthens our capabilities to ensure security for travelers when they fly.”

Launched in October 2011 at four U.S. airports — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, Dallas/Fort Worth International and Miami International airports — TSA PreCheck is available to U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS.

As of last November, Canadian citizens traveling domestically in the United States who are members of NEXUS are also qualified to participate in TSA PreCheck.

“We are thrilled to see PreCheck expand to these key airports and communities,” says U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “With the volume of U.S. air travel expected to double in 20 years, our country has a significant need for a trusted traveler program like PreCheck. We applaud the TSA for its continued expansion of the program and reaching a notable milestone of 40 airports nationwide, and we encourage more travelers to take advantage of PreCheck’s many benefits.”

To date, more than 6.5 million passengers have been screened in TSA PreCheck lanes.

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