TSA to Add PreCheck to 60 Airports by End of Year
The Transportation Security Administration will expand its PreCheck trusted traveler program to 60 additional airports, bringing the total number of airports with PreCheck to 100.
The 60 new airports will have PreCheck lanes by the end of 2013 and the TSA also plans to expand the number of PreCheck lanes at airports that currently have the program as well.
Those eligible for PreCheck will have a code embedded in their boarding pass and a TSA screener will direct the passenger to the PreCheck line. Some airports already offer dedicated PreCheck areas that allow passengers to bypass a long wait time. Once at the actual lane, a passenger will typically not have to remove his shoes, coat, or belt, and can keep laptops and liquids in their bags.
Participating airlines include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to join that list, the TSA said today, when “operationally ready.”
Airports that will see PreCheck in the coming months include Tucson International Airport in Arizona, Long Beach Airport in California, Colorado Springs Airport, Jacksonville International Airport, Kahului Airport in Hawaii, Chicago Midway International Airport in Illinois, Louisville International Airport in Kentucky, Portland International Jetport in Maine, Westchester County Airport in New York, and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in South Carolina.
In July of this year, the TSA announced plans for a direct enrollment program that allows travelers to register for PreCheck without being part of either an airline’s frequent flyer program or Global Entry.
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