The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing out a new program that will allow passengers to speed through security screenings at airports. But to take part, they must volunteer background information about themselves prior to the security checkpoint. Those who comply will be allowed to pass through without removing shoes, jackets and valuables. The program, which has screened 336,000 passengers over several months of testing, will operate in 28 of the nation's busiest airports, TSA officials said Wednesday.
In order to qualify for the program, travelers must register themselves and submit background information to the TSA website. They will then receive an identification number, which must be used when purchasing an airline ticket with participating airlines. Once the passenger reaches airport security, TSA officers will allow those who are eligible to skip the hassle of removing shoes, belts, jackets, etc.
However, not everyone can qualify for the program. Currently, only travelers who are involved in frequent-flier programs with American Airlines and Delta Airlines can participate. The government is hoping to expand eligibility to many airline frequent flier programs by the end of this year.
According to the Associated Press, The program is expected to be operating in these airports by the end of 2012: Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Denver International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Honolulu International Airport, New York's LaGuardia Airport, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Puerto Rico's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, Oregon's Portland International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Florida's Tampa International Airport and Alaska's Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.