North Dakota’s Hector International Airport (FAR) has become the 122nd airport in the US to introduce the US Transport Security Administration (TSA) PreCheck expedited screening programme.
The screening programme allows approved travellers to keep on their shoes, light outwear and belt. The passengers can also retain their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in their hand luggage.
TSA PreCheck is a part of the administration’s efforts to make use of intelligent screening procedures improve passenger services at airports.
US citizens and ‘lawful’ permanent residents can pre-enrol online on the TSA website and provide their biographic information at an application centre to become eligible for this facility.
Applicants need to provide their passport, birth certificate or valid immigration documentation apart from an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership.
After receiving an approval from the agency, passengers will be provided with a known traveller number (KTN).
The passengers will be able to undergo expedited screening at the TSA PreCheck lanes in 122 participating airports and on 11 major airlines, including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.
American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines operating from FAR are participating in the programme.
TSA North Dakota federal security director David Durgan said: "By moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach to aviation security, TSA can now focus resources on passengers who may pose a higher risk, while providing expedited screening to those identified as low-risk, trusted travellers."
Members of a US Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programme (Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI) pre-qualify for the screening and can use their identification number as their KTN.
The expedited screening programme is also being implemented by the Los Angeles International Airport, John F Kennedy International Airport and Miami International Airport.
Image: The Los Angeles International Airport is one of the 122 airports to implement Transport Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck expedited screening programme. Photo: courtesy of Los Angeles International Airport.