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TSA works to move flyers through airport faster

By Joe Vigil 4:21 PM December 14, 2013

More people eligible for PreCheck program

ANCHORAGE -  Who wouldn’t want to move through an airport security line quicker?

The Transportation Security Administration is working on that at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Under an existing program some people don’t have to take off their shoes or remove their belts, the TSA said. They can even keep their laptop in its bag.

It’s part of the TSA’s PreCheck program where people are pre-screened to take part in expedited screening. Now the TSA is adding more people who can be eligible for PreCheck. It will certainly help people get through lines quicker, said TSA Spokesperson Lorie Dankers.

“It’s a huge time saver,” Dankers said. “It’s more convenient for people because they can just make it through the line quicker. It’s important to know that everybody is still screened. Anybody who alarms, we resolve that alarm. It’s just a different screening experience.”

Passengers who are eligible for TSA PreCheck include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines, the TSA said, as well as U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler Program. Canadian citizens who are members of CBP’s NEXUS program also qualify to participate.

Recently, the TSA started offering PreCheck on a flight-by-flight basis to some passengers flying on a participating PreCheck airline. These passengers are not required to opt in through an airline or enroll in any type of Trusted Traveler program, the TSA said. The TSA electronically analyzes passenger information provided during the reservation process and pre-clears select passengers for expedited screening. This process allows the TSA to maintain its high security standards while offering more travelers the benefit of expedited screening, they said.

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