Some frequent fliers may soon have an easier time in line at the security checkpoint at Bradley International Airport.
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"I think the lines are a little ridiculous," said Linda Engle, a passenger from Pittsfield, Mass.
Soon those lines could be a little less painful, especially for frequent fliers.
Before the end of the year, Bradley will be one of 60 U.S. airports to take part in the new TSA PreCheck program. It allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave their shoes, belt and jacket on and keep approved liquids in their bags.
Passengers have to submit some personal information and pay an $85 dollar fee. To qualify, you must be U.S. citizen and member of a frequent flier program.
"I think it's a good thing," said frequent flier Michelle Berger.
Eligible participants will then get a special indicator embeded in the barcode of their boarding pass.
The TSA has already been doing this at 40 airports. They say it's been a successful program.
“As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.