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Colorado Springs center lets more people access security-skipping steps at airports

By: WAYNE HEILMAN wayneh@gazette.com
April 21, 2014 Updated: April 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm
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More people can start skipping some airport security steps, thanks to a new center in Colorado Springs where travelers can sign up for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's Pre-Check program.

The program allows frequent fliers to bypass some parts of security screening by paying $85 to sign on for five years. It began locally in October, but until the center opened two weeks ago, it was available only to members of frequent flier programs for Alaska, American, Delta and United airlines, military personnel or those participating in trusted traveler programs through the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Now, any U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident in southern Colorado can apply online to join Pre-Check, then schedule an appointment at the center, 1255 Lake Plaza Drive, Suite 100, where they will provide a valid government ID, citizenship documentation and fingerprints, and pay the fee.

The agency, which oversees passenger and baggage screening at 450 airports nationwide, offers the program at 115 U.S. airports. Members can pass through special lines at airport security checkpoints without having to take off their shoes, belts or jackets or remove laptop computers from their cases, or liquids, gels or aerosols from carry-on baggage. Pre-Check members still must limit liquids to containers of 3.4-ounces or less that fit into a 1-quart plastic bag, and they have to go through other screening.

The center is operated by Franklin, Tenn.-based MorphoTrust USA and is one of 245 nationwide, including Denver and Grand Junction that opened earlier this year. MorphoTrust plans to open 55 more centers later this year.

The Colorado Springs center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

More information is available at tsa.gov.

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