TSA begins new screening programme at Orlando airport

1 May 2012 (Last Updated May 1st, 2012 18:30)

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun a new passenger pre-screening programme to facilitate faster security checks at Orlando International Airport.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun a new passenger pre-screening programme to facilitate faster security checks at Orlando International Airport.

The TSA PreCheck programme, designed to increase screening speed for low-risk passengers at security checkpoints, will initially only be available for frequent fliers of Delta airlines.

Following the implementation, the programme will allow TSA officials to focus on those passengers who have not disclosed their information, whilst speeding up the screening for passengers who have provided personal information prior to flying.

After TSA validation, information is embedded into the barcodes of passengers' boarding passes, meaning that they will be eligible for faster screening in the future.

The passengers will then be referred to access a separate PreCheck lane, where TSA will screen passengers without the usual removal of shoes, 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on, laptop from bag, light outerwear / jacket and belt.

TSA is planning to expand the PreCheck screening programme to an additional 35 airports in the US this year, following its successful tests for several months with frequent travellers at major gateway airports in the country.