Reporting Mike DeNardo
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By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A security “fast lane” for travelers is coming to Philadelphia International Airport.
The TSA’s Pre-Check program is a pilot program at seven airports now. It’s expanding to 28 including Philadelphia by the end of the year.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, at a Washington news conference, said it’s designed to move passengers deemed “low risk” through a designated security line.
“This could include no longer having to remove shoes, laptops, jackets or belts.”
But it’s only for those frequent fliers who pre-register, volunteering personal information so the government can pre-screen them for security. Traveler Jim McLaughlin of Malvern says he’s all for airport security and he supports anything that streamlines the process.
“It would be great if they could make travel easier for businesspeople who do most of the traveling in this country.”
A TSA spokeswoman says it’s too soon to say precisely when the PreCheck program will be in effect here.