TSA launches pre-screening program

BY newsdesk  December 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM EDT

Here’s something that might make your upcoming holiday travels less stressful. What if you didn’t have to take your shoes off or take your laptop out from its sleeve when you go through airport security?

Starting on Wednesday, Dec. 4, the Transportation Security Agency will accept applicants for its Pre✓™ program designed to make the screening process a lot faster and easier for travelers. Passengers can voluntarily go through this pre-screening process prior to their arrival at the airport checkpoint. If you’re approved by the agency, your information will be embedded in the barcode of your boarding pass.

What this means in a nutshell, is that you no longer have to do the following:

  • Take shoes off
  • Take liquid bags from your carry-on
  • Take laptop out of your bag
  • Take your jacket off
  • Take your belt off

However, it’s important to note that all passengers are still subjected to security screening whether they are in the program or not.

The first enrollment center will open in Indianapolis Airport on Wednesday. By the end of the year, TSA expects to open more application centers at airports in major cities, such as New York City, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.

TSA noted that in order to be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen. They must visit an application center to provide biographic information and fingerprints.

H/T Ariel Min