The US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) expedited screening programme Pre-Check has been expanded to include the passengers of JetBlue Airways in 20 airports in the country.
Passengers eligible for the TSA programme are allowed to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1-compliant liquids and gels in a carry-on bag in screening lanes.
The facility is being currently offered to JetBlue customers using mobile app boarding pass, and will later be extended to paper boarding passes printed at home, at the check-in desk or from the kiosk in the departure lobby.
A TSA Pre-Check indicator is embedded in the barcode of the mobile app boarding pass; this pass, when screened at the checkpoint, will let the user be referred to a TSA Pre-Check lane.
The indicator will also inform passengers in advance about their eligibility for expedited screening.
TSA administrator John Pistole said: "TSA remains committed to working with our partners across the aviation community to provide travellers the most effective security in the most efficient way.
"Expanding TSA Pre-Check to JetBlue underscores our strong commitment to developing and deploying innovative security solutions to protect the nation's transportation systems."
Launched in 2011, TSA Pre-Check offers expedited screening to US citizens who are members of a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveller programme and to Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's NEXUS programme.
JetBlue is the latest entrant to the programme that already has eight domestic airlines including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America; the facility is available in more than 100 airports in the country.
Image: Passengers eligible under the TSA Pre-Check programme are exempted from certain security screening procedures. Photo: courtesy of Chris2.