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Expedited TSA Screening Initative Set to Expand

For many, the idea of flying conjures up images of nosy TSA agents, long security lines and stress.  But for many that may soon change, as the TSA has announced they will feature the expedited “Pre-” screening at over 3 dozen airports by the end of the year.

The improved process is geared toward making the security screening process  for participating members be more hassle free and longer require the removal of shoes, belts, and laptops from their bags.

But make no doubt, security will always be paramount for the TSA:

“[We]  will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening in order to retain a certain element of randomness to prevent terrorists from gaming the system.”
 

A full list of participating airports can be found on the TSA’s website.

This program is already available to frequent flyers and members of the Trusted Traveler Program, such as Global entry, in airports such as Atlanta, Dallas, L.A., and Miami.

While members of Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are eligible to opt-in, Alaska Airlines, US Airways and United Airlines will be soon be added in.  Eligible elite members of these programs are contacted with an invitation to join the TSA Pre-.

 

If not selected for the program by any of the participating airlines, members can apply to enroll in Global Entry  through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Program.  There a couple of additional programs available–mainly for travel within North America, but Global Entry provides an expedited security process when returning to/traveling within the United States.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Trusted Traveler Program

The application fee for Global Entry is $100, but is waived for American Express Platinum cardholders.  I have to admit that I have greatly considered procrastinated on applying for this myself.  But after hearing a number of great experiences-including tales of 5-hour waits avoided, and now hearing this news, I acted today and finalized my application to the Global Entry program.

This is great news for the frequently flying in general, and to anyone who would like a little less groping security hold-ups!  Hopefully the Pre-Check lines don’t soon more crowded than the regular security lines themselves, though.

But make no doubt, security will always be paramount for the TSA:

“[We]  will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening in order to retain a certain element of randomness to prevent terrorists from gaming the system.”
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