The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun the new TSA PreCheck passenger pre-screening initiative at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to allow for faster security lines.
SLC airport's frequent fliers with Delta Air Lines are eligible to take part and receive faster screening benefits for domestic flights.
TSA assistant security capabilities administrator Robin Kane said: "Our evaluation of this idea began last fall, and since then more than 350,000 passengers at just seven airports around the country have experienced expedited security screening through TSA PreCheck and the feedback we've received is consistently positive."
"Enhancing passenger identification efforts through an identity-based pre-screening initiative such as TSA PreCheck helps us focus our resources and strengthens our capabilities to keep terrorists off commercial aircraft," Kane said.
The TSA PreCheck initiative is intended to allow officials to focus on travellers considered to be high risk and who have not disclosed their information, while also speeding up screening procedures.
The programme speeds up the screening procedures for passengers who disclose personal information prior to boarding.
The PreCheck screening programme is applicable for passengers flying on participating airlines and also members of US Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) trusted traveller programmes, comprising Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS.
After TSA authenticates the eligibility of the passenger, they will be allowed faster screening through the TSA PreP vetting process, as the information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger's boarding pass, allowing access to a separate TSA PreCheck lane.
At the TSA PreCheck lane, passengers will undergo faster screening without the usual removal of shoes, laptops from bags, light outerwear, jackets or belts.
TSA plans to expand the PreCheck screening programme to a further 28 airports in the US in 2012 following its successful tests for several months with frequent travellers at major gateway airports.
The administration's security strategy includes the use of behaviour detection officers, explosives-detection systems, canine teams and federal air marshals among others.
Image: Delta Air Lines frequent flyers are eligible to take part in TSA's faster screening programme at SLC airport. Photo: Salt Lake City Department of Airports/Michael Schoenfeld.