The government is expanding the ways airline
passengers can enroll in an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts and keep laptop computers in cases at security checkpoints.
Under the Transportation Security
Administration's Precheck program, only travelers who were members of
the frequent flyer programs of some air carriers were eligible for
On Friday, TSA Administrator John Pistole said
beginning later this year U.S. citizens will be able to enroll online or
visit an enrollment site to provide identification, fingerprints and an
$85 enrollment fee.
About 12 million people are currently enrolled in
the program. Pistole said he expects about another 3 million people to
enroll before the end of the year.
At Phoenix Sky Harbor, TSA Precheck is only available at the US Airways checkpoint, but in the future they hope to expand.