Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Bypass Airport Lines with T.S.A. Pre-Screening
(KUTV) If you have flown out of the Salt Lake International Airport in the past year and a half you may have noticed some people bypassing the line at the security checkpoints. On Valentine’s Day, 2012, the Transportation Security Administration decided to use Salt Lake travelers as guinea pigs.
The Salt Lake International Airport and 39 others introduced a pre-check line. People who meet a certain eligibility threshold have the ability to opt into the program. It costs $85 for 5 years. The program requires U.S. citizens to verify their identity, undergo a background check and provide fingerprints at an enrollment center.
A traveler who passes gets a card that lets them take a special fast lane. The lane doesn’t bypass security all together but allows travelers to avoid some of the more burdensome aspects of clearing security like removing electronics from carry-on luggage and removing belts and shoes.
More than 15 million people have used the T.S.A.'s expedited screening program called pre-check since it started. The T.S.A. says the program improves security. An expansion from 40 airports to 100 airports is expected to kick off this fall.
If you want to get pre-screened you will also be able to apply directly through the T.S.A. For the time being, airlines contact travels who qualify.
By Matt Gephardt
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)