WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WGGB) — Frequent flyers at Bradley International Airport will soon have a new way to move quickly through security checkpoints.
The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, has announced that Bradley will join nearly sixty other airports across the country being added to their PreCheck program.
The program, which was launched in October 2011, allows pre-approved passengers of participating airlines to leave their shoes, light outerwear, and belt on, keep their laptop in its case, and complaint liquid containers in their carry-on bags during the security screening in dedicated processing lines.
TSA Administrator John Pistole says that, “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. Expanding TSA Pre✓™ to more locations enables many more passengers across the country to experience expedited screening.”
Those wishing to take part in the program must apply for the program, provide fingerprints, and go through a background check. An $85 enrollment fee is also required.
The TSA plans on launching an application program this fall, to allow more people to enroll in PreCheck.
An enrollment is good for five years, after which time, a traveler will have to reapply for the program.
Passengers of Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America will be able to use the expedited screening benefits, the TSA says, adding that JetBlue and Southwest are set to participate in the program when they are “operationally ready.”
This week’s announcement brings the total number of airports participating in PreCheck to 100.
ABC40′s Stephanie Officer will have more information on these program and what it means to travelers starting on ABC40 News at 5.