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TSA PreCheck expanding, lets you breeze through security

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WASHINGTON -

A breezier pass through airport security lines may be in the future for millions of travelers.

    

The government is announcing an expansion of what is now the free TSA's Pre-check program for only eligible travelers.

     

Its growing availability will be for all passengers who sign up for the expanded program.

Fliers will be able to pass through security in an expedited line, one where they don't have to take off shoes, belts and light jackets or pull out laptops.

The $85 fee covers background checks and allows travelers to participate for up to five years.

Travel experts say this is an effective way to manage and screen riskier travelers meaning TSA agents are sorting out and prescreening trusted travelers for more expedited service.

The goal is to expand the program to cover a quarter of all of travelers by the end of the year

      

12 million travelers use pre-check program now compared to the 1.8 million people fly every day.

Enrollment centers are scheduled to open in the fall and the program is schedule to expand nationwide.


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