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TSA rapid screening program expands to Neighbor Island airports

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:56 p.m. HST, Sep 04, 2013

A federal program to speed up airport security screenings for certain travelers is expanding to airports on Maui, the Big Island and Kauai.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said today it will expand faster screening lanes to 100 airports by year end, up from 40 now.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says the expansion includes Kona International Airport, Kahului Airport and Lihue Airport. He says the Honolulu airport will get more lanes for its program.

Schatz says Pre-Check will help 16,000 to 18,000 people who commute between the islands each day.

Under the Pre-Check program, qualified passengers don't have to remove shoes, light jackets or belts. They can keep laptops in cases, and liquids and gels in carry-on bags.

Pre-Check is open to U.S. citizens who belong to frequent-flier programs of participating airlines or a government trusted-traveler program, and to Canadian citizens who belong to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's NEXUS program.

Eligible flyers are notified by participating airlines that they can to participate in the program. Travelers can also apply through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry program at http://www.globalentry.gov/.

The Pre-Check participating airlines are Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, United, US Airways and Virgin America.

TSA plans to let other U.S. citizens apply later this year by being fingerprinted and paying an $85 fee.

TSA says more than 15 million passengers have used Pre-Check since 2011.

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allie wrote:
How do you get on pre-check?
on September 4,2013 | 02:29PM
palani wrote:
allie, through a friend of a friend, I may be able to help with your and your mom's airfare in December.


on September 4,2013 | 03:53PM
foursun wrote:
interesting the lengths allie is willing to undertake to perpetuate the masquerade of the make believe 6th year UH student. ROTFL!!
on September 5,2013 | 09:38AM
foursun wrote:
LOL! if this were genuine Palani could have used the BOGUS facebook allie page he/it made https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aloha-allie/186342478193087?fref=ts
on September 5,2013 | 09:38AM
gari wrote:
15 million divided by 2 is what percent of the total yearly passengers ?
on September 4,2013 | 03:40PM
tutulois wrote:
If you belong to any of the airline frequent flier programs, you can sign up through them, for free.
on September 4,2013 | 03:54PM
zoomzoom65 wrote:
Sen Schatz, did you orget Hilo has an airport too? I'm sure Congress woman Hanabusa would have included Hilo International Airport on the list.
on September 4,2013 | 04:06PM
AirRescueFF wrote:

TSA Pre-Check

on September 4,2013 | 05:23PM
Bothrops wrote:
so TSA, supposed to protect us all, is now serving as a marketing tool for various airlines and their frequent flier programs. Yet more ghouls making money off of 9-11
on September 4,2013 | 07:50PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
I LIKE TSA Precheck. Got to use it at PDX.
on September 4,2013 | 10:21PM
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