RENO, NV - Getting in and out of northern Nevada is about to get much easier. The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its "Pre-Check" program to Reno-Tahoe International Airport. It's just one of 100 airports nationwide that will offer the pre-check security option.
The program allows passengers to be pre-screened, reducing the amount of time they spend in security check lines. Participants will be allowed to wear their belts, shoes, and light jackets as they go through security checkpoints. In addition, laptops can be kept in their cases and you won't have to remove 3-1-1 compliant liquids from your carry-on. Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin says the pre-check program makes security easier for all passengers. Pre-Check screenings are expected to be available at the airport before Thanksgiving.
There are three ways to participate. First, you can be invited through your airline's frequent flyer program. Secondly, you can apply for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program. That program is also open to Canadians, and has a registration fee of about $100 for 5 years. Third, the TSA will launch an application program for enrollment later this year. That will run about $85 for a five-year period. Those fees are not tax-deductible.