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  • TSA's PreCheck program will soon be available to more fliers

    2013-07-22

    Anybody who's groused about waiting in long security lines at the airport will soon have another option available to them. The Transportation Security Administration is planning on expanding its PreCheck program in the fall, which allows certain passengers to bypass the traditional lines after submitting to a background check and paying a fee, CNN reports.

    By joining the PreCheck program, members will be entitled to several perks. In addition to getting to stand in a different line, members do not have to adhere to the same rules. Namely, they can keep their shoes and belts on and won't have to take out their laptops. An estimated 12 million fliers already have joined the program, according to The Washington Post. The move has been applauded by several lawmakers, including Rep. Bennie Thompson, the ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

    "If done right, the program has the potential to afford a greater number of individuals who pose no threat to aviation security the type of less invasive passenger screening frequent flyers and other handpicked populations have enjoyed for over a year," he said in a statement.

    There's no date set yet for when the program will be open to everyone. Currently, the program is only available to passengers on Delta and American Airlines, US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines. These changes will include JetBlue and Southwest.

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