You’ll Be Able To Keep Your Shoes, Jackets and Belts On At DIA, But It Will Cost You
Airport security can be a hassle for just about anyone, but there is good news on the horizon; the Transportation Security Administration is expanding its expedited screening program called PreCheck to 60 new airports by the end of the year. Denver International Airport and Colorado Springs Airport are both on the the expanded list.
Before you get too excited, realize that PreCheck is going to cost you.
TSA Pre✓™ is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to 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.
According to KDVR, only extremely frequent fliers that have been invited by their airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s trusted traveler programs can participate rightnow, but by the end of the year TSA plans to start an application process to allow anyone to join. To get in the PReCheck program you'll have to shell out $85, verify your identity and get fingerprinted at an enrollment center.
Sounds like this will be great for seasoned travelers who fly all the time. The rest of us schlubs are still probably stuck in long security lines and cramped in the ever-shrinking economy seats.
Even though I'd love to stroll through a quick security check without removing my shoes, I can't justify forking over $85 for the one or two flights I get on every year. However, if I took flights more often I'd be chomping at the bit to get in on this.
What do you think, will PreCheck be a welcome addition at DIA?