If you hate taking off your shoes, belt and just about anything else that can beep when going through the airport, this article may brighten your day.
Some frequent fliers and "low-risk" travelers may soon find an expedited security line waiting for them at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, as the Transportation Security Administration announced last week Lambert is one of the next groups of airports where travelers will be subject to TSA Pre✓(PreCheck).
PreCheck is a pre-screening initiative that allows eligible passengers to volunteer information about themselves to expedite their screening experience, according to TSA's website. Eligible passengers may be referred to the TSA PreCheck lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include being able to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belts on, allowing them to keep their laptops in their cases and 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bags in their carry-on.
Lambert should be on line with the program later this summer, according to STLtoday.com. Still, the map which updates new locations only shows four locations as of June 22 as "coming soon." Those are Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas.
“As TSA moves further away from a one-size-fits-all approach, our ultimate goal is to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole during the program launch. “By learning more about travelers through information they voluntarily provide, and combining that information with our other layers of security, we can focus more resources on higher-risk and unknown passengers."
So how is it going thus far?
One traveler described skipping the lines with one word: Amazing, according to The Washington Post.
"Eerie but amazing.
But for the first time in more than a decade, I effortlessly passed through security. There wasn’t even a line.
See, the government now considers me a “trusted traveler.”
As much as my mom might tell me I’m special, I’m really not. You too can get such fast-track status if you fly enough or are willing to spend $100."
Will you be spending $100 to get this "amazing" feeling?