TSA Precheck on display at BTR Metro
BATON ROUGE - Frequent flyers through Baton Rouge can qualify to have 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.
"While this facilitates an expedite for those that are in the program, it strengthens security for everyone because we can spend more time with those we know less about," said Sari Koshetz,Spokesperson for Transportation Security Administration.
However, if interested travelers have to enroll and go through background checks as well as provide fingerprints.
Once qualified travelers will be able to leave their shoes, a light jacket and a belt while going through security. 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. TSA Officials said the "Known Travelers Number" has to be added to each reservation with the airline that's participating.
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. Initially, airlines that participated in the program invited frequent flyers but now anyone that qualifies can enroll in the program The fee is $85 for 5 years. TSA officials say that money goes to running background checks that are needed for the program.
The TSA pre check program is only available at the moment during peak hours at the Baton Rouge airport from 4:30-7:00 am to 11:00pm-12:00 pm and from 2:00-5:00pm.