TSA expanding rapid screening to 100 airports

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

WASHINGTON (AP) — Travelers could soon be able to keep their shoes on while going through security at more airports around the country.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration says it will expand faster screening lanes to 100 airports by year-end, up from 40 now. The agency says the expansion is part of its attempt to make screening more effective by breaking away from a single approach at all airports.

Under the program, qualified passengers don't have to remove their shoes, light jackets and belts. They can keep laptops in cases, and liquids and gels in their carry-on bags.

TSA Pre?™ is open to U.S. citizens who belong to frequent-flier programs of participating airlines or a government trusted-traveler program, and to Canadian citizens who belong to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's NEXUS program.

TSA Pre?™ was already available to US Airways passengers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Under this expansion, it will soon be an option for other passengers. The program also will be offered at Tucson International Airport.