RANDY PENCH / rpench@sacbee.com

New enrollment centers such as the one scheduled to open in Sacramento to provide pre-screening for frequent airline passengers is meant to help expedite the screening process, such as that being done at Sacramento International Airport.

TSA opens Sacramento office to speed airport security screening

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 - 1:59 pm

The federal Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday will open three enrollment centers in Northern California for frequent airline passengers to qualify for expedited screening at federal airport security checkpoints.

The enrollment centers for the “TSA pre-check”will be located in Sacramento, Stockton and Eureka. The Sacramento center is located at 4811 Chippendale Drive, Suite 606, near Madison Avenue and Interstate 80.

Federal officials request interested travelers go online first at www.TSA.gov to make an appointment for their local enrollment center.

Passengers who qualify for expedited screening will not be required to take off their shoes, jackets or belts, or take their laptops out when they pass through airport security checkpoints. They also will be allowed to leave their liquids and gels in their carry-on bags, but still must adhere to federal limits in the number of ounces they can carry on board.

The TSA began rolling out its enrollment centers last month, and officials say they plan eventually to have centers in more than 300 cities.

To qualify for the expedited service, U.S. citizens must provide basic biographic information to the TSA, and agree to be fingerprinted. Fliers must pay an $85 fee for five-year access to expedited security check lines.

Currently, the TSA has expedited checking at 100 airports, in cooperation with nine airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

“This new application process will greatly increase the availability of TSA pre-check benefits to a broader population of travelers nationwide,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. “TSA pre-check is enabling us to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, as we look for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way.

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

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