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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Airport security screening just got a little bit faster for some, according to a news release from the Transportation Security Administration.
The TSA has opened an application site for its expedited pre-screening program.
The expedited program allows travelers to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belt on during the screening process. It also allows them to keep their laptop in its case, and their 3-1-1-compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.
The program applies to select screening lanes.
Travelers wishing to take advantage of the expedited program must go through a pre-enrollment process online at TSA.gov, make an appointment and complete their pre-enrollment at an application center in St. Matthews.
While at the application center, enrollees will be required to provide biographic information (including name, date-of-birth, address, etc.), fingerprints, an $85 payment for a five-year membership to the program and all necessary ID / citizenship / immigration information.
Glen Martin was one of the first to go thru the program on its first day of operation. Martin says providing a government agency with personal data is worth the benefits.
"I fly a lot," Martin said. "I would like to get in front of the line."
"They get to go through a separate line where they don't have to take off your shoes, your belts, your light outerware," said TSA spokesman Mark Howell. "And you can leave your laptop in your bag."
That's good enough for Joel Ramirez.
"I fly pretty much about once every other week, and I got jealous of people going through the pre-check lines, so I figured I needed to take advantage of the program," Ramirez said.
In a week or two, Martin and Ramirez will be assigned an ID number that can be embedded in the barcode of a boarding pass, allowing them to pass through security more quickly. The program is primarily aimed at frequent fliers like business travelers, but anyone can sign up.
"There is people who like to leisure travel as well," Howell said. "We don't just want to niche it into business travel. We want to open it up to everybody. Like I said, all U.S. citizens are eligible."
The program has had offices in other cities, but this is the first such TSA office in Kentucky.