FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – The hassle of going through the security checkpoint lane at Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport may soon be relatively hassle-free for some select frequent fliers.

Ft. Lauderdale’s airport, along with 27 other major airports across the country, has been selected for the Transportation Security Administration’s “Precheck Program.” Miami International Airport already has the program in place.

Under the new program, eligible travelers have the option to volunteer more personal information about themselves so that the government can vet them for security purposes before they arrive at airport checkpoints.

“Good, thoughtful, sensible security by its very nature facilitates lawful travel and legitimate commerce,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

Once at the airport, those on the program use a dedicated security lane and provide the TSA officer with a specially marked boarding pass. A machine will read the barcode, and travelers deemed “low-risk,” will likely be allowed to keep on belts, shoes and jackets and leave laptops and liquids in bags when being screened.

Some of those eligible to take part in the program participate in American and Delta airlines’ frequent flier program, others will be selected from three of the Customs and Border Protection Agency’s trusted traveler programs: FAST Driver Program, NEXUS Program and SENTRI. By the end of 2012, the government expects select passengers in frequent flier programs for US Airways, United and Alaska Airlines to be eligible to participate.

About 336,000 passengers have been screened through the program since the testing began last year, according to the TSA.

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  1. Bill Fisher says:

    They have the gall to brag about allowing special treatment elite flyers while the peasants still get groped and irradiated. If you are invited to participate you pay a fee and give them all of your financial information even though TSA has lost personal information of their employees and accidentally published sensitive procedures.

    For this you MIGHT get expedited screening but could still be scanned and groped. What a bargain.

    This program smacks of racism and government extortion. TSA is saying that some (wealthy) people are “more equal” than the rest of us. No civil rights implications here

    This shows that the TSA security theater is gratuitous harassment of passengers and Congress must demand that TSA adopt sensible and respectful procedures for everyone, not just select groups of passengers.

    For anyone using this airport, the scanners at FLL are x-ray and have no privacy software like the newer millimeter wave units. These expose passengers to harmful x-ray and some guy is looking at the nude image of your kids.

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