The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a new 'Pre-Check' programme at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Syracuse, New York, which allows selected passengers to pass through security checkpoints more swiftly.
This development makes Syracuse the latest city and only city in central and northern New York to offer the TSA Pre-Check programme.
Commissioner of Aviation Christina Callahan said that about 17% of travellers at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport are already qualified and some of them have already begun using Pre-Check.
The programme, which has already been implemented in major airports across the US, allows eligible travellers to use specially designated security lanes without being subjected to the stringent screening measures applied to most travellers.
Screening benefits for eligible participants include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags.
To be qualified for pre-check, passengers have to pay an enrolment fee of $85 and fill out an online application.
In addition, passengers have to submit to background checks and offer additional personal information such as email addresses and cell phone numbers, which are usually not mandatory in airports.
The selection process is expected to take approximately 2-3 weeks, and there is five-year term of eligibility, following which members will need to re-apply.
Once qualified, travellers can carry the TSA Pre-Check logo on their boarding pass and can use TSA Pre-Check lanes at more than 40 airports across the US.
To date, the TSA has selected 40 US airports for the pre-check programme, and nearly seven million passengers have been qualified for the speedy security checks.
Image: Nearly 17% of travellers at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport are already qualified for the TSA pre-check programme. Photo courtesy of Jondude11.