Updated: 10/24/2013 8:16 PM
Created: 10/24/2013 7:35 AM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
If you've had to wait in line at the airport to get through security, you know it can be frustrating. But it may be a little bit easier now.
The Transportation Security Administration unveiled an expedited screening lane for eligible travelers.
Frequent fliers are bound to like the new service at our airport. It's already being offered in other major airports. Passengers move right through the checkpoint without the hassles of removing their shoes or belts or taking their laptops out of their bags. As a pre-check passenger, you will be able to use a dedicated lane at the security checkpoint. The pre-check initiative makes risk assessments on passengers who voluntarily participate.
How do you become eligible? Well, there are a few ways. You can do it through your airline if you're in their frequent flyer program. Also, you can enroll if you're already in Customs and Border Patrol's Trusted Traveler Program. Finally, for an $85 fee, you can apply through TSA which requires a background and fingerprint check. TSA says it will help its screeners by weeding out the people who pose no threat to security.
News10NBC spoke with a man from Atlanta, who was leaving Rochester and has been using the pre-check service for awhile. He says it saves him, on average, about 20 minutes.
Parker Burns said, "It just speeds up the whole process of getting through the airport and not having to take off your shoes and taking everything out of your bags. I travel just about every week, so it really does help me out a lot."
John McCaffrey said, "We are looking for that needle in a haystack. So by reducing the size of the haystack, the population of the passengers, we're going to focus on who we need to focus on."
Pre-check pasengers will still have to pass through the metal detector and their bags will still get screened. The TSA says it will always incorporate random security checks as well.
Click here to find out if you qualify for the program.