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Keep Your Shoes On

By Linda Tancs

With summer travel season entering into high gear, the last thing any air traveler wants is a long security line aggravated by the parsing and stripping of articles of clothing and other objects.  If you qualify for the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Pre✓™ program, you can keep your shoes on.  TSA Pre✓™ is an initiative focused on pre-screening individuals who volunteer to participate in  expedited security.  TSA is partnering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as well as U.S. air carriers as part of this initiative.  Certain frequent travelers from Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and certain members of CBP’s Trusted Traveler programs, including U.S. citizens using Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS, are eligible to participate when they are booked on a participating airline at a participating airport.  Eligible participants use dedicated TSA Pre✓™ lanes for screening benefits, which may include no longer removing shoes, 3-1-1 compliant plastic bags, laptops, light outerwear, jackets or belts for independent inspection.   If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass.

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