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TSA More Than Doubles PreCheck Airport Roster

September 05, 2013 - 09:15 AM ET

By David Jonas

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration plans by year-end to add 60 airports to the PreCheck expedited screening program, including Chicago Midway, Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby and San Diego International Airport. That would bring the total number of participating airports to 100.

TSA noted that "in the coming weeks" it would add more PreCheck lanes at the 40 airports that already offer the program. It also announced that jetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines would be added to the program "when operationally ready." Pre-approved travelers already can use the program when traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

Announcing a plan to expand PreCheck eligibility, TSA administrator John Pistole in July shared an ambitious goal to have 25 percent of the traveling public passing through these expedited security-screening lanes by year-end and up to 50 percent by the end of 2014.

According to TSA, "more than 15 million passengers" have used PreCheck lanes since the program launched in October 2011.

PreCheck travelers at security checkpoints usually need not remove shoes, "light outerwear" and belts, and need not remove laptops from their cases or compliant liquids and gels from carry-on bags.

The Global Business Travel Association and Airlines For America announced support for the program's expansion. "We applaud the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for continuing to advance risk-based solutions that make travel more convenient and enjoyable for the traveling public, while enhancing safety and security," according to a statement from Airlines For America president and CEO Nicholas Calio.

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