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TSA pre-screening may add additional airports
15 million passengers have used the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) pre-screening program since it began in 2011. Now the TSA wants to expand the program to more airports. The agency wants to focus more on risk certain passengers may pose instead of a 'one size fits all' approach.
Frequent flyers are all too familiar with this scene, someone taking off their accessories, pulling out their laptop, can't forget the shoes and the frantic pat for any loose change before taking off the belt.
"It's very challenging especially traveling by yourself and caring for two kids, to put everything on the belt and take off your shoes, their shoes, it's very challenging" said Cindy Kaiser, Pensacola.
Luckily TSA pre-check screening program is expanding to more airports, including Pensacola. The new program allows pre-approved passengers to walk through a pre-screened lane without the hassle.
Kathy Staker says she'd be willing to use the program.
"The screening process would have to be extremely thorough and there will probably be some glitches to start with but once they iron out the glitches it will probably be pretty nice" said Kathy Staker, Traveler.
Currently only people part of frequent flier programs and members of US Customs and Border Protections are eligible for the program. Later this year, TSA will launch an application process to allow more US citizens to sign up for the program, after they verify their identity and provide fingerprints at an enrollment center.
Pensacola is months away from opening its pre-screening lane because it still needs equipment modifications and additional officer training.
"If we can get through a lot quicker that would be wonderful" said Gloria Moore, Traveler.
By the end of the year, up to 100 airports are expected to have expedited TSA pre-screening.