The new TSA pre-check program is making security lines shorter at the airport. Indianapolis received the pre-check program in August and before the end of the year more than 30 airports will have the program.
TSA spokesman Jim Fotenos says passengers can be invited into the program by certain airlines or go through a Customs Border Crossing program.
“If we know a little bit more about a passenger, we can offer expedited screening, allowing our officers to focus more of their efforts on passengers we know less about or those who may need additional scrutiny,” Fotenos says.
Fotenos says travelers can apply online and go through a minor background check process. Customs then allows TSA to access that information for the pre-check program. If you‘re invited by an airline the program is free. However, the customs program costs about o$100 for five years.
Fotenos says that money goes to the Customs department and not TSA. He adds that even if you‘re in the pre-check program you may still randomly be required to go through regular security. Pre-check security line passengers can enjoy certain benefits such as leaving their shoes on and keeping laptops and liquids in bags while going through security.