A new frequent flyer screening program is set to land at Westchester County Airport.
Travelers will be able to use special lanes at the security checkpoint if they are enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration’s Pre-Check program. When travelers apply, they provide extensive personal information for a security clearance.
Travelers in the program don’t have to remove their shoes, certain articles of clothing, and can keep their laptops in the cases.
“As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” TSA Administrator John S. Pistole said in a statement.
The Pre-Check program is already available at 40 airports nationwide. A new effort will expand the program to 60 additional airports, including Albany International, Buffalo Niagara International, Rochester, Syracuse and Westchester airports.
“Westchester is an ideal location for the TSA expansion of this pilot program, because it will greatly aid our efforts to expand service and attract more travelers and flights in the Hudson Valley – and it will allow pre-screened passengers to have a safer, hassle-free travel experience in and out of the region each day,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement.
The option will be available at Westchester County Airport by the end of the year, a TSA spokeswoman said