Quicker security lines coming to Memphis airport
Andy Ashby Staff writer- Memphis Business Journal
Visitors to Memphis International Airport this spring might be getting through security lines a bit quicker.
The Transportation Security Administration is including the airport in its TSA Pre✓Check Program, an expedited screening initiative.
Starting April 1, some frequent travelers on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and US Airways are eligible to participate.
The TSA Pre-Check Program should enhance the overall customer experience at Memphis International’s Terminal B checkpoint, according to Larry Cox, president and chief executive officer of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.
“It will not only make screening more efficient, it will also improve security by allowing TSA to focus their resources where most needed,” he said.
The Terminal B checkpoint was recently expanded to double its previous size.
If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, information is embedded in the barcode of the his or her boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at designated checkpoints and the passenger may be referred to a lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which could include no longer removing shoes, taking a laptop from a bag and taking off belts, among other small hassles. In addition, passengers 12 and younger are allowed through with eligible passengers.
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