RANDY PENCH / rpench@sacbee.com

Expanded pre-check screening is expected to reduce the time spent waiting in security lines for many passengers at Sacramento International Airport, one of 60 airports where the Transportation Security Administration boost that program.

Faster security screening coming to Sacramento airport

Published: Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013 - 11:27 am

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 Wednesday that it will expand the so-called precheck screening program to 60 more airports, including Sacramento, 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.

"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 3-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 Pistole.

Passengers who qualify for Precheck include frequent fliers 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.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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