Airline passengers can now take advantage of expedited PreCheck screening lanes at Tucson International Airport, eliminating the requirement that they take off their shoes and belts or open their laptop cases.
The Transportation Security Administration has opened a PreCheck lane on the B concourse at the airport during peak morning hours. A second PreCheck, on the A concourse, should be open by the end of October, the Tucson Airport Authority said.
Currently, the expedited screening program is available to U.S. citizens who have been pre-approved through the frequent flier programs of participating airlines, which at TIA are Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways. Southwest Airlines, TIA's biggest carrier, is expected to become a participant in the program in the next two months.
The expedited screening lanes are also available to members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry and SENTRI, which is used to cross the border with Mexico.
Before the end of this year, the TSA plans to launch a program that will allow others to apply for PreCheck.