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PreCheck debuts at another airport; Congress OKs ‘No-Hassle Flying Act’

The Transportation Security Administration has opened up a PreCheck expedited screening lane at another Florida airport, and Congress has sent to the White House legislation that would make life a little easier for passengers flying into the country from some foreign airports.

TSA announced that participants in its PreCheck trusted traveler program can now find an expedited screening lane at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The new PreCheck lane, at the East Checkpoint in Terminal 2, is open to participating members of Delta’s SkyMiles program as well as members of Customs and Border Protection’s trusted traveler programs like Global Entry.

FLL is the 34th airport to offer PreCheck screening, and the fourth in Florida, along with Miami (for members of American’s and Alaska’s frequent flyer programs), Orlando (for Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent flyers) and Tampa (for Delta participants).

Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives has joined the Senate in approving legislation called the “No-Hassle Flying Act,” which now goes to the White House for the President’s signature.

Both the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Airlines for America praised the passage of the bill, which authorizes the Transportation Security Administration to waive the requirement to re-screen baggage for passengers entering the U.S. from foreign airports that offer U.S. pre-clearance facilities. “Now business travelers will be able to check bags through to their final destination airports, removing one hurdle from the road warrior’s busy schedule,” said GBTA.

Airports that currently offer U.S. pre-clearance are mainly in Canada, including Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto Pearson, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg. The service is also offered at airports in Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas; Bermuda; Aruba; and Ireland’s Shannon and Dublin airports.

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