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Ford airport expands pre-check lines

February 24, 2014
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Some travelers can now get to their gates faster — and keep their shoes and belts on — when passing through security at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Pre-check lanes

The Transportation Security Administration said today that its pre-check program is now available to Ford aiport passengers flying on Delta Air Lines via Checkpoint A and on Southwest, United and American via Checkpoint B.

The program allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids or gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.

Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number and will have the opportunity to use TSA pre-check lanes at security checkpoints at more than 100 participating airports and on nine major U.S. airlines: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

If a passenger is eligible for the expedited screening, a TSA pre-check indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass, so that, when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA pre-check lane.

The pre-check procedure will “strengthen transportation security, while improving the passenger experience,” said GRR TSA Federal Security Director Max Harnish.

TSA noted that it continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening. 

Application process

TSA also recently launched its TSA pre-check application program, allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA pre-check.

TSA is in the process of opening more than 300 application centers across the country.

To date, passengers have only been eligible through existing programs, such as U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s Global Entry program and frequent flier programs with certain airlines.

Since its introduction, more than 30 million passengers have used TSA pre-check nationwide.

The TSA pre-check application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to go through a pre-enrollment process online and visit an application center to provide biographic information, fingerprints, payment, valid ID and citizenship or immigration documentation. 

The TSA pre-check application program also requires a background check and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership. 

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