Passengers flying out of Piedmont Triad International Airport will have access to an expedited screening program by the end of the year, the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday.
The agency will provide pre-check services at select screening lanes. The service already is operating in 40 airports nationwide.
The program allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes and light outerwear and belt, as well as keep their laptop in its case and their “3-1-1” compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on. If a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, an indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so they can be referred to a pre-check lane.
The agency said more than 15 million passengers have used the service since it was launched in October 2011.
PTI offers 48 nonstop flights to 14 airports.
“This is a program that will make it much easier for our frequent travelers to navigate the security checkpoints, and adds to the simple and convenient experience of flying from PTI,” said Stephanie Freeman, the airport’s marketing and customer relations manager.
The service also is being launched by year’s end at Charlotte Douglas and Raleigh-Durham international airports, as well as an additional 60 airports nationally. The agency said it will add more pre-check lanes at the existing 40 airports.
“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,” John Pistole, the TSA’s administrator, said in a statement.
Passengers eligible for the program include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs recommended or invited by participating airlines. Also qualified are citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection trusted traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of Customs’ Nexus program.
The agency plans to launch a new application program later this year.
Participating airlines are Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United, US Airways and Virgin America. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to begin participating when operationally ready.
The agency cautioned that it will continues to use random and unpredictable security measures throughout airports, and that no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.
Travelers can go to www.TSA.gov/TSA-Precheck for information on locations and hours of active pre-check lanes.