TSA Announces Expansion Of Airport Pre-Screening Program

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WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  The Transportation Security Administration says fliers in its pre-screening program will soon get expedited security checks at 100 U.S. airports.

Forty airports are already in the pre-screening program. Sixty will be added in the next few weeks, the agency announced Wednesday.

Those eligible for the program include U.S. citizens in some airline frequent flier programs and those in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program. Canadian citizens who are in the U.S. NEXUS program are also eligible.

The TSA plans to allow other fliers to apply for the pre-screening program later this year.

“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.

Travelers eligible for the program are able to skip some of the most onerous parts of security checks, including removing shoes and taking laptops out of cases.

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