Updated 02/29/2012 10:36 PM
TSA Introduces Expedited Security Screening Lane At JFK
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Getting through security at John F. Kennedy Airport is a little easier for some passengers as the Transportation Security Administration launched Wednesday its Pre-Check Program at Terminal 8.
Low-risk passengers can volunteer information about themselves before flying to get expedited screening at checkpoints.
Under the program, passengers may be allowed to keep their shoes, belts and other items on while passing through security.
"I'm not a frequent flyer though, but it is annoying. I understand you need it, but if you can avoid it why not?" said one air traveler.
"Even if I'm not part of it but other people are it would still speed the line up and we won't have to be on that security line for a long time and we don't have to show up at an airport three hours in advance," said another.
Anyone who qualifies for the pre-check is still subject to a random search. Additionally, if he metal detector goes off or the X-ray monitor picks something up, passengers will be pulled over.
"If we're looking for that one in a billion, that terrorist In a haystack, then as we reduce the size of that haystack then our security officers here behind us can focus more time on those we know the least about," said John Pistole of the Transportation Security Administration.
The program is open to certain frequent flyers from Delta and American Airlines and some members of Customs and Border Protection's Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS.
It will be expanded to LaGuardia and Newark airports later this year.
TSA officials say 35 airports and more airlines are expected to join by year's end.