Expedited TSA screening open to Boston travelers

Boston-area travelers now have the option of bypassing long security screening lines. PHOTO CREDIT: blogs-images.forbes.com
Boston-area travelers now have the option of bypassing long security screening lines. PHOTO CREDIT: blogs-images.forbes.com

Boston-area airline passengers can now apply for expedited screening privileges at airports around the country, the Globe reports.

The Transportation Security Administration is opening 300 application sites, including locations in Dorchester, Waltham and Pocasset, for travelers to verify their identity and provide fingerprints for a background check.

The program, called PreCheck, costs $85 for five years and allows travelers to bypass long security lines that include the invasive removal of clothing and shoes, as well as the removal of certain items from their carryon bags.

If a passenger is approved for PreCheck, a TSA PreCheck indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so when it is scanned at a security checkpoint, the passenger will be sent to the expedited screening line.

Passengers interested in joining must first apply for the program online at tsa.gov before making an appointment at one of the local application sites.

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