Omaha- (KPTM) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made it easier for selected frequent air travelers to get from one city to another.
"We are pleased to be able to offer TSA Pre Check to our eligible passengers here in Omaha," said TSA Federal Security Director Paul Ross.
TSA Pre Check passengers include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines which include United, Delta, Hawaiian, US Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and VIrgin America. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to join the program later in 2013.
Passengers who are labeled "low risk" are invited to participate. TSA Pre Check travelers will not have to remove light jackets, laptops, or shoes when going through TSA security at airports.
"It is better than heated toilet seats," said Dr. Wally Duff. "I got through ten minutes faster than my wife did. We went through different lines."
Omaha is one of only 97 airports to participate in the program. Nearly 200 more are expected to join in the next year.
The program will be expanded to anyone in 2014. Passengers can fill out an $85.00 application, complete with background check information and fingerprints, to apply for the program.
TSA will incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening. TSA's multi-layered approach to security also includes behavior detection officers, explosives-detection systems, canine teams, and federal air marshals, among other measures both seen and unseen, according to a release from the TSA.