New program should speed up passenger screening at Lindbergh Field

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – An expedited Transportation Security Administration screening program is scheduled to become available to passengers at Lindbergh Field Friday.

Airline passengers enrolled in TSA Precheck will have an indicator embedded in the bar code of their boarding pass, enabling them to use separate screening lanes, which they can pass through while keeping their belt, shoes and light outerwear on.

Passengers cleared via TSA Precheck also can leave liquids, gels and laptop computers in their bags, according to the TSA. The agency announced last month that the program would be expanded to 59 airports, including Lindbergh Field.

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens enrolled in frequent flier programs and those invited by participating airlines; U.S. citizens who are members of Customs and Border Protection's Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's Nexus program.

Eligible passengers currently must travel on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America to receive expedited screening benefits. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to participate in the future.

At Lindbergh Field, the program will be available at Terminals 1 and 2. However, only Alaska Airlines passengers will be able to use it in Terminal 1 for the time being.

More TSA Precheck lanes will be added at the 40 U.S. airports that already have the program.

In California, TSA Precheck is used at John Wayne Orange County International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.

Airports in Burbank, Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, Ontario, Sacramento and San Jose also are part of the expansion, according to the agency.

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