Expedited Screening Program Headed for SMF
Frequent flyers at Sacramento International Airport can look forward to an additional convenience later this year when the Transportation Security Administration's Pre✓(tm) program becomes available at both terminals.
TSA Pre✓(tm) is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light jackets and belts, keep laptops in cases, and stash allowable three-ounce liquids and gels in carry-on bags.
Airport officials are working with the TSA to open the special screening lane by the end of the year.
Passengers who are eligible for expedited screening include U.S. frequent flyers who have already been invited by participating airlines, and by U.S. citizens who are members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry program.
At Sacramento International Airport, airlines who participate in TSA Pre✓ include American, Alaska, Hawaiian in Terminal B and Delta, United and US Airways in Terminal A. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to participate in the future.
"This is very positive news. Expedited screening takes a little of the hassle out of flying and we are excited that the TSA is moving forward with this initiative," said John Wheat, Director of Airports for the Sacramento County Department of Airports. "We are also happy to hear that Southwest and JetBlue plan to be a part of this program at some later time."
The TSA has announced it is expanding TSA Pre✓ to 60 additional airports by the end of 2013. The agency also announced it will launch an application program later this year to allow more citizens to be eligible for expedited screening.
The Sacramento County Airport System, a department of Sacramento County, is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county's four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. The regional economic impact of the Sacramento County Airport System is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit www.smf.aero.