Tucson airport to get expedited screening program

2013-09-04T17:00:00Z 2013-09-04T19:50:10Z Tucson airport to get expedited screening programBy David Wichner Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tucson International Airport is among 60 airports nationwide that will get an expedited passenger-screening procedure for eligible travelers by the end of the year, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday.

TIA and 59 other airports will get the TSA’s PreCheck program, bringing the total number of airports with the program to 100.

The agency said it also will expand the number of TSA PreCheck lanes and availability at the existing 40 airports with the program, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, in the coming weeks.

Cynthia Hernandez, federal security director for the TSA in Tucson, said she expects the new system to come to TIA in the “very near future” but didn’t have an exact rollout date.

The TSA said in a news release that airports will be added to the agency’s online list of available airports as they get the program.

TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that allows preapproved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts, keep laptops in their cases and their rule-compliant liquids bags in carry-ons in select screening lanes.

More than 15 million passengers have used PreCheck since it launched in October 2011.

Passengers who are eligible for TSA PreCheck include U.S. citizens who are members of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines, as well as citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP’s NEXUS program.

Later this year, the TSA will launch an application program allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in PreCheck, the agency said.

Eligible passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America may receive expedited screening benefits. Southwest Airlines and JetBlue are expected to begin participating “when operationally ready,” the TSA said.

Contact Assistant Business Editor David Wichner at dwichner@azstarnet.com or 573-4181.

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