TSA shortcut line starts at both Sacramento airport terminals

01/06/2012 12:00 AM

01/12/2012 2:16 PM

Sacramento airport security lines are now a bit shorter for a few passengers. Sacramento International Airport officials Thursday announced the airport and airlines have opened a "preferred customer" priority line at federal security checkpoints in both terminals.

The new lane will serve as a shortcut for passengers who pay airlines for premium services. Those passengers still must submit to baggage and body checks, either manually or by machine, along with other fliers.

Similar programs exist in other airports. Each airline has its criteria for which passengers use the lane, airport officials said. Southwest Airlines said the perk will be part of a program that gives frequent fliers who pay for premium services shorter waits at ticket counters and early boarding on jets.

"Our frequent-flier and business-travel customers have asked for this service and, in collaboration with our airline and security partners, we are pleased to offer this new customer service enhancement," said Airport Director Hardy Acree in a news release.

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