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TSA test program lets non-participants into PreCheck lanes

In an effort to make sure its PreCheck expedited screening lanes are used as much as possible, the Transportation Security Administration is quietly trying out a new procedure that lets some passengers go through them even if they aren’t prescreened participants of a major frequent flyer program or Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry plan. Meanwhile, TSA has added a 35th airport to the PreCheck program.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the new procedure is called “Managed Inclusion,” and it’s currently being tried out at the Tampa and Indianapolis airports. It comes into play when there are long lines at the regular screening stations but little activity at the PreCheck line. In that case, TSA officers can select some non-participants to use PreCheck, but they first have to get past a dog trained to sniff out explosives, as well as the scrutiny of a TSA specialist trained to detect suspicious behavior.

Once they make it past those two qualifiers, they can proceed to the PreCheck screening, which moves faster than regular security lines because users don’t have to remove their shoes or belts, and can leave laptops and liquids in their carry-ons.

In other security news, the web site Aviation International News reports that TSA is in discussions with four more airlines—Southwest, Frontier, JetBlue and Hawaiian—to bring their frequent flyers into the PreCheck program. Currently participation is limited to prescreened frequent flyers from American, Delta, United, US Airways and Alaska Airlines.

And TSA announced that PreCheck screening is now available at a 35th location: California’s John Wayne Airport, serving Orange County, south of Los Angeles. It’s at Checkpoint A, and is open to participants from American, Delta, United, US Airways and Alaska, as well as Customs and Border Protection programs like Global Entry.

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