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Expedited security line now available at Dane Co. airport

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Frequent flyers can now speed up their travel time by using a new program from the Transportation Security Administration.

TSA's new screening process allows some passengers to go through an expedited security line called PreCheck. Those who go through the PreCheck line don't have to take off shoes or light coats, and laptops and liquids can stay in the luggage.

Some airlines are inviting frequent flyers to sign up for the program. Travelers can also pay an $85 fee for a five year membership to the service. Plus, some people will be occasionally selected by U.S. Customs as a Trusted Traveler.

"We have a certain amount of information on them based on their name and their birth date that we're able to authorize them the pre-check privileges as they go through screening," says Louis Traverzo, a TSA federal security director for Wisconsin airports.
 
So far, about 100 airports have started implementing this expedited PreCheck line, including Dane County Regional Airport and General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.
 
TSA officials hope to spread it farther as the program gains popularity. Right now, Traverzo estimates about 500 people a day use the PreCheck line in Madison. It started in mid-October.
 
People who've used the service say it's very convenient.
 
"I travel a lot, so taking out all my computers and taking off my shoes and all that is.. just you know.. sometimes we're running late from meetings.. so this really helps a lot," says Deb Denure, a frequent flyer from McFarland. "It was really, really quick."
 
TSA officials say Trusted Travelers won't necessarily be chosen regularly. They do not anticipate any security risks because the passengers using the PreCheck line still have to go through metal detectors and their bags will go through the x-ray machine.
 
Read more information on how PreCheck works and how to sign up at TSA's website.
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