Expedited PreCheck Introduced at Tucson

TUCSON precheck (2)Airline passengers can now take advantage of expedited PreCheck screening lanes at Tucson International Airport (TIA) that does not require them to take off their shoes and belts or open their laptop cases.
On October 16 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 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.
Currently, the expedited screening programme is available to US citizens who have been pre-approved through the frequent flier programmes of participating airlines, which at Tucson International Airport are: Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways.  It’s anticipated that Southwest Airlines will also participate in the programmw within the next two months.
The expedited screening lanes are also available to members of the US Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveller programmes, 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 programme that will allow others to apply for PreCheck.  That process will have an online enrollment system where passengers can submit an application and pay an $85 fee.  As part of the process, applicants will be required to go to an airport enrollment center to verify their identity and provide their fingerprints.
Once vetted, a process that is expected to take two to three weeks, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number which they can use for airline reservations for five years.
The TSA has also begun randomly selecting some passengers who’ve been vetted to use the PreCheck lanes.
The PreCheck programme has been operational at 40 airports since October 2011.  Tucson is among 60 airports that were added to the programme in September.
Bonnie Allin, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority commented: “We pride ourselves on making the travel experience through TIA as easy and stress-free as possible.  Working in cooperation with the TSA, these PreCheck lanes are another step to enhancing our customers’ experience.”