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PreCheck screening program added to Washington, Chicago airports

March 20, 2012|By Hugo Martin
  • A TSA agent demonstrates the full-body scanner at Los Angeles International Airport.
A TSA agent demonstrates the full-body scanner at Los Angeles International… (Bob Chamberline / Los Angeles…)

The Transportation Security Administration continued to expand a faster security screening program for air travelers who voluntarily submit background information by adding the initiative at airports in Chicago andWashington, D.C.

The PreCheck program began Tuesday at Ronald Reagan Washington National and Chicago O'Hare International airports, bringing to 12 the number of airports participating in the program.

Passengers qualify for the program by submitting background information either through an airline's frequent traveler program or through Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol initiative to speed up the process for international travelers to enter the country.

The TSA also announced that active members of the military qualify to use the PreCheck screening lines at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Since the pilot program launched in October 2011, more than 540,000 passengers have been screened through PreCheck. Travelers approved for the PreCheck program can zip through special screening lines without removing their shoes, belts and coats.

The program already operates with passengers of major airlines at Los Angeles International Airport, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, among others.

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