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Security Precheck application dates set at Unity airport

Jeff Himler
| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 12:27 p.m.
A TSA agent monitors a back-scatter machine as passengers are examined by the advanced imaging technology equipment at the Pittsburgh International Airport on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-review
A TSA agent monitors a back-scatter machine as passengers are examined by the advanced imaging technology equipment at the Pittsburgh International Airport on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Keith Hodan | Tribune-review

Prospective airline passengers will have the chance to sign up in Unity for a Precheck program that will allow them to get through security screenings at participating airports with less hassle.

According to Westmoreland County Airport Authority Executive Director Gabe Monzo, a federal Transportation Safety Administration official will be on hand March 19-23 at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport to register Precheck applicants.

Monzo urged those planning to take part in the registration to visit tsa.gov and make an appointment.

“Walk-ins just overwhelmed the place last time,” he said, noting about 250 people had Precheck applications processed during a weeklong registration period at the airport in 2017.

Those who successfully complete the process — including a background check and fingerprinting — will be assigned a “known traveler number” and will be able to bypass some of the standard screening procedures when boarding planes at Arnold Palmer Regional and other participating airports.

They won't have to remove their shoes, belts or light jackets when checking through airport security. They also are excused from removing from their bag a laptop or a TSA-compliant clear, quart-sized, zip-top bag packed with permitted liquids, aerosols, gels or creams.

Travelers must pay an $85 fee to sign up for the Precheck program for five years.

Offered for 47 airlines in about 200 airports, the Precheck program is meant to expedite security screenings for participants once they complete an advance risk assessment and enrollment. According to the TSA, 94 percent of Precheck passengers had a screening-related wait of less than 5 minutes when boarding flights in January.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622, jhimler@tribweb.com or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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