Sep 4, 2013 7:54 PM by Alyse Rzemek
TSA expands expedited screening for travelers
The Transportation Security Administration is expanding expedited screening to a total of 100 airports across the country, including the Colorado Springs airport. The expedited screening allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts; along with keeping laptops in their cases. Passengers who are eligible for TSA pre-check are frequent flyers traveling on selected airlines. This includes U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines. Additionally, U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's NEXUS program qualify to participate. Later this year TSA will launch an application program, allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll. 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. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to begin participating when operationally ready.