HEBRON, KY (FOX19) - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced the new TSA Pre✓™ lane at the Main Terminal of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) on Wednesday.
TSA Pre✓™ is designed to enhance security by placing more focus on pre-screening individuals who volunteer to participate prior to flying. At CVG, select American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent flyers and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs will be eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically.
CVG is the 23rd airport to implement the system which is now used by 2.6-million passengers nation wide.
Joe Falci of Montgomery says he likes it. "Its wonderful. I've done it before in other cities and it takes you back to the way things were before 9-11."
Jeff Garrett of Lexington, KY says the program makes air travel a little bit easier. "Oh yeah, its definitely wonderful and its good that they've got something for trusted people. You know I probably fly once or twice a month and you know it makes sense."
If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, information is embedded in the barcode of the passenger's boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at designated checkpoints and the passenger may be referred to a lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include no longer removing the following items like shoes, carry-on bags, laptops, light jackets and belts.
TSA Federal Security Director Paul Wisniewski says the program helps security personnel become more efficient. "This initiative is enabling us to focus on those passengers which require more attention for security and reduce the amount of security for those passengers which are in essence trusted."
American, Delta, United and US Airways frequent flyers may be invited join the program or passengers may apply to the US Customs and Border Protection Global Entry website. The application fee is about $100 and is valid for 5 years.
In addition, passengers 12 and younger are allowed through TSA Pre✓™ lanes with eligible passengers.
Click here to apply for the TSA Pre✓™.