Airport security checks may get easier
BATON ROUGE - Frequent flyers through Baton Rouge may have a shorter time getting through security.
Officials at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport will join TSA leaders to kick off the Precheck program on Monday. The program will allow low-risk flyers to move quickly through security screenings at the airport. It will also decrease the hassle of security checks while trying to board flights.
Enrolled users will be able to leave their shoes, a light jacket and a belt on their person. Users can also keep their laptops in their cases and liquids and gels bag in their carry-on bags in certain lanes. The TSA is working to bring the program to more that 150 U.S. airports.
According to the TSA American citizens and lawful permanent residents can apply for the Precheck program. Once approved, each traveler will get a "Known Travelers Number" giving members access to perks of the program.
BTR Metro said more than 10,000 people in Louisiana have signed up for the program, and 3,000 of those people are from Baton Rouge.
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