Pre-check program begins at ABIA


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 6:03 PM

AUSTIN -- If you're heading to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the lines could flow a little faster for you.

The Transportation Security Administration's new pre-check program began Tuesday at ABIA. The program lets passengers who qualify and pay $100 for a background check go through a separate line. They can keep their shoes, belts and jackets on, as well as their laptops and liquids in their bags.

"At some airports it can save you an hour or longer," said Mitch Hall, who is part of the pre-check program.

Pre-check procedures will be available at 40 U.S. airports by the end of this month. Austin is the 36th airport in the country.

"Our goal by the end of 2013 is to be screening 25 percent of all passengers through pre-check around the country," said TSA director at ABIA Mike Scott.

If you are part of the program, the information is included in the barcode of your boarding pass.

Alaskan, American, Delta, United, and US Airways all participate in the program. Southwest Airlines is expected to join by the end of the year.

Click here to find out how to participate in the pre-check program.

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