More travellers can keep shoes on at US airports
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The agency that screens United States (US) airline passengers for security clearance said on Wednesday it would expand an expedited programme to 60 more airports this year, allowing tens of millions of travellers to keep on their shoes and belts at airport checkpoints.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said its TSA PreCheck program will operate at 100 airports in 42 US states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. The agency also plans to expand the number of TSA PreCheck lanes at the existing 40 airports in the coming weeks.
With TSA PreCheck, pre-approved airline travellers may leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt while they go through security. They do not have to remove laptop computers from cases or take out approved-sized liquids out of carry-on bags before the bags are screened.
"As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible," TSA Administrator John Pistole said.