The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it will add a new process allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA PreCheck , an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers access to a more efficient security checkpoint experience.
Once enrolled in PreCheck, fliers can leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes.
Previously, to be eligible for TSA PreCheck, travelers had to opt-in through an airline’s frequent-flier program, or to register in one of CBP’s Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS Trusted Traveler programs.
To date, more than 12 million travelers have already experienced TSA PreCheck at 40 airports nationwide.
Starting later this year, U.S. citizens will be able to apply online and visit an enrollment site to provide identification and fingerprints. TSA will launch the expanded program at two initial enrollment sites—Washington Dulles International Airport and Indianapolis International Airport—with plans to expand to additional enrollment sites nationwide.
The TSA PreCheck application program requires a background check, fingerprints, and an anticipated enrollment fee of $85 for a five-year membership. Following approval, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and the ability to go through TSA PreCheck lanes at security checkpoints at participating airports.
TSA will continue to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport, and no travelers are guaranteed expedited screening.
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to allow Anschutz Entertainment Group to run the city's convention center, the first time in its 42 years of operation that it will be managed by a private company, according to the Los Angeles Times. The vote came amid concerns from local hoteliers that AEG would have an unfair advantage in filling its hotel rooms while booking conventions (it owns the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotel complex near the convention center). However, according to AEG officials, hotel bookings would primarily be handled by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, a nonprofit organization that operates separately from AEG. In June, Pennsylvania-based SMG challenged the pending appointment of AEG, claiming the company didn't have enough experience to run the facility. That challenge was dismissed by the city council. The management company will be paid $250,000 as an annual management fee and can qualify for another $250,000 if it meets certain performance measures.