Pay TSA, keep your clothes on
October 31, 2013
Travelers can now pay the U.S. Transportation Security Administration $85 and avoid the hassle of taking off shoes and jackets and removing laptops from cases at airports. [KCOY]
The TSA Pre-Check program currently allows select passengers to receive expedited screening at airports. Beginning, next month, all U.S. citizens can apply for the program by submitting an $85 application that includes proof of identification and fingerprints for a background check.
Pre-Check lines are expected to appear in 350 U.S. airports by the end of the year, but San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport does not plan to add one.
“There is not the ability to have a dedicated Pre-Check line,” said airport Assistant General Manager Craig Piper. “We just don’t have enough room for that.”
San Luis Obispo airport is implementing a form of expedited screening, but participating passengers must wait in the same line as everyone else.
Santa Maria Public Airport has also implemented certain aspects of Pre-Check, and Santa Barbara Municipal Airport officials plan to implement the full program soon.