A trusted traveler program that eases long lines at security checkpoints is coming to Palm Beach International Airport by the end of the year.
Called TSA PreCheck and overseen by the Transportation Security Administration, the program allows preapproved frequent fliers to funnel into express lanes without taking off shoes or pulling out laptops. It already is in place at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Miami international airports.
"TSA PreCheck is one of several intelligence-driven, risk-based initiatives we have put in place to expedite screening for those who pose less risk, while allowing us to focus more aggressively on high-risk passengers," said spokeswoman Sari Koshetz.
To participate, frequent fliers must be invited to join by their specific carrier. At Palm Beach International, the program will be open to American, United, US Airways and Delta travelers.
At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, the program is open to Delta passengers and at Miami International it's open to American passengers. The TSA plans to expand it to additional airlines at both airports.
Also, those who are already members of Global Entry and other Customs and Border Patrol trusted traveler programs can join the TSA program.
Soon, all U.S. citizens will be able to apply by filling out an online form and paying an $85 enrollment fee. Then they must go to a TSA enrollment center to verify identity and provide fingerprints. Eventually a center will be opened in South Florida, although no date has been set yet, Koshetz said.
For details on the online application process to go the TSA's online site.
Palm Beach International is one of 60 additional airports to be included in PreCheck, bringing the total number of participating airports nationwide to 100. So far,15 million passengers nationwide have been screened under the program.
"Expanding TSA PreCheck to more locations enables many more passengers across the country to experience expedited screening," said TSA Administrator John Pistole.
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