McGhee Tyson Airport speeding up security screening with new pro

McGhee Tyson Airport speeding up security screening with new program

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"The program itself is being tested in major metropolitan areas already and they have found that it is a secure process for TSA," said Airport spokesperson Becky Huckaby. "The program itself is being tested in major metropolitan areas already and they have found that it is a secure process for TSA," said Airport spokesperson Becky Huckaby.
For $85 you can cut some hassles out of the security screening process. You can sign up online but U.S. citizens then need to go to an enrollment center to verify their identity and provide fingerprints. For $85 you can cut some hassles out of the security screening process. You can sign up online but U.S. citizens then need to go to an enrollment center to verify their identity and provide fingerprints.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - Time is money, so how much are you willing to spend to cut the wait in airport security lines?

McGhee Tyson Airport officials announced Thursday the airport is one of 60 airports launching a new program geared toward frequent flyers to speed up the screening process.

For $85 you can cut some hassles out of the security screening process. You can sign up online, but U.S. citizens then need to go to an enrollment center to verify their identity and provide fingerprints.

Martha Howell's commute is a little unique, she takes a plane to get to work. She trains nurses across the country.

"I'm at the airport a lot. Travel is not glamorous," she said.

One of the biggest challenges Howell says she encounters is going through security.

"Because you have to think about how you pack so that you can get all that stuff out and then replace it," added Howell.

But there's good news for frequent flyers like Howell who hate long lines. McGhee Tyson Airport is launching the TSA Pre-check program by the end of this year.

Those who sign up will go through a designated lane, leaving on their shoes, their laptops can stay in a bag, and approved liquids can stay in carry-on luggage.

"It would be great to just go straight through and take your bags and not have to unpack everything," said Howell.

As a safety precaution TSA can't go into specifics about the screening.

"The program itself is being tested in major metropolitan areas already and they have found that it is a secure process for TSA," said airport spokesperson Becky Huckaby.

Huckaby says most days it takes just 10 minutes to get through security, but that time doubles during peak hours.

"Even if you're not a member of pre-check there are people who are going to be moving through more quickly, which means our lines are going to move more quickly," added Huckaby.

For those who travel three to four times a year, having a faster security screening procedure is a first-class idea.

"Every minute counts when you're traveling and the less hassle you have the better you like it," said traveler Ted Young.

Not all airlines participate in this program. The ones at McGhee Tyson include: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and US Airways.

If you would like more information on the program you can visit the link here.

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