More fliers will soon find relief from the hassles at airport security lines.
Transportation Security Administration's "precheck" program that lets
passengers keep their shoes and belts on through security has expanded
to 26 airports in its first year and will continue to grow.
it was launched in October 2011, 2.7 million passengers have been
screened though a dedicated precheck security lane, says TSA spokesman
The TSA expects 35 airports
to have precheck by the end of 2012. Since last week, it has expanded
to Newark's Liberty International and Philadelphia International. Next
week, Washington Dulles International will open a dedicated precheck.
citizens traveling domestically who are select Alaska, American, Delta,
United and US Airways frequent fliers or members of the U.S. Customs
and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program are eligible.
"Clearly we expect to broaden the array of carriers involved with the program," Castelveter says.
free program can reduce aggravation and delays in security lines.
Precheck passengers don't have to remove clothing and can keep their
laptops and liquids in their carry-ons.
Participating airlines would not disclose how many fliers enrolled but say the program has gained traction.
said this week that it would offer precheck at two more hubs, Newark
and Dulles, for a total of five. "We're excited that it's now reaching
critical mass," says Alex Marren, senior vice president of network
operations and United Express for United. "Everyone has recognized that
the security screening process has become time-consuming and comes
across as a pain point."
Marren says precheck fliers get through security 2 1/2 times faster.
Nancy Lowe, a frequent business traveler from Seattle, was invited by Alaska Airlines to become a precheck member.
"It brings me back to the good old days of flying," she says.