The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to expand its express security checkpoint program — TSA PreCheck — to 60 new U.S. airports by the end of the year, bringing the total number of airports with TSA PreCheck to 100, it announced yesterday.
“As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” TSA Administrator John S. Pistole said in a statement. “Expanding TSA PreCheck to more locations enables many more passengers across the country to experience expedited screening.”
TSA PreCheck is a voluntary “trusted traveler” program that allows eligible fliers to advance more quickly through security checkpoints by utilizing an expedited screening lane that does not require passengers to remove their shoes, belts, coats, laptops or carry-on toiletries. In order to enroll, travelers must pass a background check and belong to an airline’s frequent flier program, or a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trusted traveler program, such as Global Entry.
Starting later this year, U.S. citizens also will be able to enroll in PreCheck directly by applying online, then visiting an enrollment site to provide identification and fingerprints.
“The travel community applauds this move to dramatically expand the PreCheck program, which already has immensely benefited the traveler experience while bolstering aviation security and the national economy. We are grateful to Administrator John Pistole and the TSA for so aggressively getting behind this win-win program,” says U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “A decade ago, the widespread assumption was that we couldn’t enjoy sound security and passenger convenience at the same time. PreCheck has given us the evidence that that’s not the case. By letting low-risk passengers pre-submit their personal information to speed up the screening process, TSA has provided the tools to get passengers through the nation’s airports more quickly and safely.”
Among the new airports that will offer TSA PreCheck this year are Chicago Midway International Airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, San Diego International Airport, Kansas City International Airport, Dallas Love Field and Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport.
For a complete list of participating airports — which will be updated piecemeal with the 60 new airports as each location becomes active — visit www.tsa.gov.
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