Some passengers at Myrtle Beach International Airport will soon move through the line quicker with the expansion of the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program.
Another 60 airports are being added to the TSA Precheck program, bringing the total to 100 airports.
The TSA Precheck lanes are expected to be added by the end of the year.
TSA Precheck is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. More than 15 million passengers have used the program, first launched 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 S. Pistole. “Expanding TSA Precheck to more locations enables many more passengers across the country to experience expedited screening.”
Eligible passengers are U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs, members of a U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP’s NEXUS program.
TSA will launch an application program later this year allowing more U.S. citizens to enrolled.
Eligible passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America may receive expedited screening benefits. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to begin participating when operationally ready.
If eligible, a TSA Precheck indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass which is scanned at the checkpoint.
For more information, visit www.tsa.gov.
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