For some travelers, removing belts and shoes at Sacramento International Airport will be a thing of the past as federal airport security officials look to expand expedited screening.
The Transportation Security Administration announced on Wednesday that it will expand the so-called Precheck screening program to 60 more airports, bringing the total number of airports with the expedited screening to 100.
The airports are expected to have the Precheck lanes at select checkpoints by the end of the year, according to the TSA. Sacramento is one of the airports where the additional convenience will occur.
"This is very positive news," said John Wheat, director of airports for Sacramento County. "Expedited screening takes a little of the hassle out of flying and we are excited that the TSA is moving forward with this initiative."
The expedited screening program allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light jackets and belts. Laptops can remain in their cases and three-ounce liquids, aerosols and gels in carry-on bags.
"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," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.
Passengers who qualify for Precheck include frequent flyers invited to participate by participating airlines.
At Sacramento International Airport, airlines who participate in TSA Precheck include American, Alaska, Hawaiian, Delta, United and US Airways. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to join Precheck in the future.
Later this year, TSA will begin an application program, allowing more airline passengers to enroll in Precheck.
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