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Select fliers now have priority at security check

Rochester, N.Y. A program that allows certain people to fly through checkpoints at airports has touched down in Rochester.

Its called TSA Pre Check.

Its proven popular at other airports, but getting the special pass takes some work and money.

The Transportation Security Administration is promoting a line in which you can keep your shoes and belt on and dont have to take out your laptop and small liquid/gel bags.

To gain access to this line, you have to apply online, submit to a background check, provide fingerprints, and fork over $85.

To some travelers already enrolled in the program, the initial, small headache prevents several bigger ones down the line.

Its faster, it gets us through and I think we have other ways to deal with security other than screening my shoes, said Martha Bond, of Geneva.

John McCaffrey, TSAs Federal Security Director in the Greater Rochester International Airport, says there are indeed other ways to deal with security, which is partly why this program was approved.

When we started in 2002, we didnt have this kind of information or this kind of intelligence, now we have it so we can stop screening one-size-fits-all, lets focus on the less-than-one percent of a person and do a better job with them, McCaffrey said.

Passengers flying with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways can access the pre-check lane if they have clearance.

JetBlue and Southwest airlines have yet to join the progam.

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Washington Times