If you plan to fly for the holidays, your next trip through the airport security line could be a little easier.
Indianapolis International is the first airport in the entire country to open an application center for the Transportation Security Administration’s new pre-check security program. The TSA application center opened Wednesday in the airport’s main terminal.
“This is going to mean I’ll get through security a lot faster than what I have been,” said passenger George Callahan, who was flying to Wisconsin.
“This is awesome to have here in Indy,” said passenger Tamara Atkins.
Airport officials said they were honored to be the first airport in the country to open an application center for interested passengers.
“When they gave us the opportunity to participate in the initial pre-check rollout, we were more than enthusiastic about that,” said airport executive director Robert Duncan.
According to the TSA, the expedited screening program will allow qualifying U.S. citizens to leave their shoes and belt on during the security screening, and keep their laptop in its case along with permitted liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select screening lanes.
Previously, passengers had only been eligible through other programs like the U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s Global Entry program and frequent flier programs.
According to the TSA, the program requires a background check, fingerprints, and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership. Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and will have the opportunity to utilize pre-check lanes at security checkpoints at more than 100 participating airports and on nine major U.S. airlines. TSA officials said they would continue to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport, so that no individual would be guaranteed expedited screening.
More information about the program is available on the TSA’s web site.