Apr 22, 2014 7:05 PM by Matt Prichard

Pre-check program delights travelers

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that a new application site has been established in Colorado Springs for the TSA Pre-Check program.

The program allows for passengers to move through lines quicker, along with not having to remove their shoes, jackets, or belts in the process. 

"We decided to put this into place as part of a broader risk based security initiative using intelligence to provide expedited screening to passengers we know a little more about," said TSA Federal Security Director, Sam Sheesley.

Passengers looking to get enrolled in the program are required to bring their passport, give fingerprint scans, and pay $85 dollars to have a five year fast-pass through security. Which those signing up Tuesday felt was a fair trade for the extra convenience.

"For $85 dollars, if it keeps me from missing one flight its paid for itself. And the convenience, and lack of hassle is worth it to me," said Colorado Springs resident, Jesse Miller.

"I was hoping it would be a ten year thing, more like my passport, but 85 will be worth it to us, to not have to go through all the extra things you have to go through without it," said Colorado Springs resident, James Keane.

And although it seems like a good deal the question becomes will the convenience last as more and more people sign up.

"I've never seen a line at TSA-pre but I guess we'll just have to wait and see how popular it gets," said Miller.

Already 165,000 people have signed up for the program and TSA officials anticipate more will follow as word spreads about the program.



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