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TSA's Pre-Check Program Adds New Airports to Total 40 Spots

February 28, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | ()

We can all agree that airport security—at least in the United States—is kind of a pain in the rear. At this point we’ve pretty much become used to being patted down, scanned, zapped, and viewed through x-ray glasses. The TSA has made some improvements with expediting the whole process, and their pre-check program—or Pre✓ as they like to call it—is probably one of the best. It’s at a whole bunch of airports across the land, but their most recent update improves the options a little bit more.

In total there’s five new airports in which the program should be kicking off, and this will bring the country’s total to about 40 by the beginning of April. Austin-Bergstrom International, Cleveland Hopkins International, Memphis International, Nashville International, and Raleigh-Durham International are the ones on the schedule to get the airport security upgrade.

Those lucky enough to utilize TSA pre-check are allowed to leave on their shoes, keep on jackets and belts, and keep their laptops in their carry-on bags. As a reminder you do have to jump through a bunch of hoops to get access to the program, and there are only certain carriers that offer the opportunity to skip the traditional line.

You need to be a frequent traveler with some of the big carriers, or you just need to be an existing participant in one of the Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI. Once you meet the pre-requisites you can head right over here to start the registration process—enjoy keeping your socks clean.

[Photo: Grant Wickes]

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