Less hassles flying - PTIA gets upgraded passenger screening
Piedmont Triad International Airport is among the latest airports in the country that will receive an upgraded passenger screening program through the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
The TSA announced recently that it will expand its expedited screening program, known as TSA Pre, to 60 new airports in addition to the existing 40. PTIA and the other airports are expected to have TSA Pre lanes at select checkpoints by the end of the year.
TSA Pre is an expedited screening program that allows preapproved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their compliant liquids and gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. To date, more than 15 million passengers have gone through TSA Pre since it began in October 2011.
“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,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole. Passengers who are eligible for TSA Pre™ include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines. Additionally, U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program qualify to participate. Later this year, the federal agency will launch an application program, allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA Pre.
Eligible passengers traveling on carriers that include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways may go through expedited screening.
If a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, a TSA Pre indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so that when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Pre lane. Many participating airlines already print a TSA Pre indicator directly on the boarding pass so passengers will know in advance they have been cleared for expedited screening.