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TSA Precheck Program is
Expanding Again

October 8, 2013

  © Houston Airport System
  More than 15 million passengers have taken advantage of the PreCheck program since 2011.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is once again expanding the reach of its popular Pre✓™expedited screening program and once again, the city of Houston is looking to benefit from the TSA's decision.

The latest expansion will not only increase the number of locations where passengers can utilize the program at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) , but it will also establish Pre✓™ lanes for those passengers flying out of William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).

George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Passengers at IAH will start to enjoy a major expansion of the Pre✓™ program beginning on October 10, 2013.  That's when Pre✓™ lanes begin operating in Terminal A North, Terminal B, (Terminal C is already offering the Pre✓™ option) and Terminal E.  (Terminal A South is expected to offer the PreCheck option very soon.)

According to the TSA, more than 15 million passengers have used PreCheck lanes since the program launched in October 2011.

PreCheck travelers at security checkpoints are not usually required to remove shoes, "light outerwear" and belts, and typically are not asked to remove laptops from their cases or compliant liquids and gels from carry-on bags.

During the early phases of the program, only a select group of passengers using select terminals were able to access teh PreCheck program, but its popularity has prompted the TSA to look for ways to expand its availability.

Beginning at 4:30 a.m. on October 10, 2013, the Pre✓™ option will be available at the following checkpoints during the indicated times (all times are CST): 

Terminal A North:  4:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Terminal B:  5:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Terminal C:  4:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Terminal E:  4:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

William P. Hobby Airport

While expanding the PreCheck operation at IAH, the TSA is also looking to expand the program to additional airports, including William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).

Hobby Airport was one of 60 new airports to be added to the list when TSA representatives expanded the program to include 100 airports. 

Southwest Airlines and jetBlue Airways have both indicated that their customers will have access to the PreCheck program as soon as it is operationally feasible.

Once in place at HOU, if a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, a TSA Pre✓™ indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so that when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Pre✓™ lane. 

Many participating airlines already print a TSA Pre✓™ indicator directly on the boarding pass so passengers will know in advance they have been cleared for expedited screening.

Click here to view more information on the TSA Web site.

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