MIA launches expedited screening programme

23 September 2014 (Last Updated September 23rd, 2014 18:30)

The Miami International Airport (MIA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have launched a new expedited screening programme, TSA Pre, which would eliminate the need for travellers to remove their shoes, light outerwear, belt and laptop during security checks.

The Miami International Airport (MIA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have launched a new expedited screening programme, TSA Pre, which would eliminate the need for travellers to remove their shoes, light outerwear, belt and laptop during security checks.

Passengers will also be allowed to pack a 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in their carry-on suitcase at the checkpoints.

The TSA Pre application process will be available for US citizens and lawful permanent residents at an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership. They will have to apply for an online pre-enrollment process at TSA.gov and provide biographic information including name, date of birth, address and fingerprints at an application centre.

"TSA Pre is enabling us to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security."

Once the centre approves the documentation verification, passengers will receive a known traveller number, which will be applicable at 119 security checkpoints at participating airports and 11 major airlines, including: Air Canada, Alaskan Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

Travellers would be required to use this number every time they book a ticket.

Speaking about the advantage of the new technology, TSA's Miami federal security director John Daly said to Travel Daily News: "TSA Pre is enabling us to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security and is another example of our commitment to provide both world-class security and world-class customer service to the public we serve."

The centre has been started on the 4th level of North Terminal D and the screening lanes will be available at both checkpoints D2 and J central.