PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For many years, frequent flyers have enjoyed perks like upgrades to first class and free tickets, but now, those road warriors will be able to speed through security checkpoints.
Pittsburgh is now home to the first joint office for domestic and international programs designed at speeding travels through the system.
On a typical day, travelers get to the airport and realize they have to wait in a long line.
Now with TSA’s Pre-Check, they can go right to the head of the line and avoid the wait altogether.
“Travelers in Pre-Check lanes don’t need to remove their shoes. They don’t need to remove their jackets. They can leave that 311 liquids, gels, aerosoles in their luggage. They can leave their laptop in their bag. Not removing those items really does speed up the process,” TSA Press Secretary Ross Feinstein said.
“We all know what security has been since 9-11. We all know how airports used to be. You just ran and jumped on the plane. Now, it’s a different deal, but we still want to make it as easy as we can balancing that with security. We are proud that we are the first ones in the country to be able to do this,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald and members of the Pittsburgh business community joined together for the opening of the first joint office for the TSA’s Pre-Check and the Customs and Border Patrol Global Entry System.
Pre-Check is for domestic travel, while global entry is for customs and immigration for international flights.
“What makes this one special is the joint TSA, CBP presence. This is the first one of those in the country,” Customs and Border Patrol Port Director Joseph Klaus said.
Before the office opened at Pittsburgh International Airport, travelers had to travel just to apply for the programs.
“That is a huge savings for us. We would have to travel and that didn’t always fit in to their work plans with their clients. They would have to go to Philadelphia, Buffalo, [Washington, D.C.] area, and that didn’t always work out for them,” Reed Smith Global Travel Manager Sandy Baghetti said.
The cost for Pre-Check is $85 for five years, or for an extra $15 bucks, you can include the global entry program for world travel.