RDU starts expedited passenger screening system
Posted March 29, 2013
Morrisville, N.C. — Raleigh-Durham International Airport has become the 40th airport nationwide to offer TSA Pre✓, an expedited screening system, to eligible passengers, officials said Thursday.
Domestic passengers who are frequent flyers on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines or US Airways or who are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓ at RDU's Terminal 2 checkpoint.
The system is part of the Transportation Security Administration's move to focus more on travelers considered higher risk and about whom the agency knows less. More than 7.5 million passengers have already gone through the system at other airports across the U.S., including Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
"By enabling us to focus resources on passengers we know less about, TSA Pre✓ allows us to provide a better travel experience for those low-risk passengers we know the most about," Hung Nguyen, TSA federal security director, said in a statement.
Passengers eligible for expedited screening will have information embedded in the barcode of their boarding passes. Security personnel can then refer those passengers to the TSA Pre✓ lane, where they might be able to keep their shoes, light outerwear and belt on, keep laptops in their cases and bags of liquids and gels inside carry-on luggage.
Officials said TSA uses random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airports, so no one is guaranteed expedited screening.