TSA Speeds Up Screening for Some Travelers

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Transportation Security Administration is speeding up the screening process for some travelers at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Passengers with the TSA pre-check pass will be allowed to keep laptops in their cases and liquids in their carry-on bags. And they won't have to take off their jackets, belts or shoes.

Traveler Georganne Warren thinks it’s a great idea.

“Personally, I hate taking off my shoes when I go through the line," said Warren.

Starting April 1, Hopkins will be among 40 airports across the country with the TSA pre-check program.

It's free to frequent fliers of American, Delta, United and US Airways.

Lance Jackson has seen the program work when he flies out of Atlanta Airport.

“So, that way you can do a fast track and go straight through that line,” he said.

A bar code on the boarding pass will show TSA screeners which passengers can pass through the separate line for pre-check members. With the pre-screening initiative, TSA can focus on the travelers they know less about and that should help with security while making the screening process go quicker.

It will expedite everybody, because the frequent fliers will go quickly which will free up the other line, Warren said.

Passengers ages 12 and younger will be allowed through TSA pre-check line with eligible travelers. But TSA said pre-check members may still be subject to random checks for the full screening line.

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