It’s the reason you want to get to the airport a few hours before your flight leaves: long lines and wait times at security check points. This is why the Transport Security Administration (T.S.A.) is offering another option. Clay Williams, the Executive Director of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, says, "If someone is part of the program, they get to avoid some of the typical protocols of going through a security checkpoint. Maybe that’s not having to remove their shoes, or potentially not having to remove a belt, something along those lines." This program, sponsored by the T.S.A., is called ‘Pre-check’ and although the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is not an official ‘Pre-check’ airport, it still honors the program. Williams also says, "What that means is we don't have a dedicated security lane for passengers that are in ‘Pre-check’, however the T.S.A. at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport does honor the program for a variety of individuals." Most individuals have to sign up for the program, but beginning last month, members of the military are now included, free of charge.
Williams also says, "Military service members, when they book their flight, if they give their ID number, then they’re able to be eligible for the ‘Pre-check’ program." This program has existed for only a few years, but is quickly growing because of the added convenience. Williams also states, "It is relatively new and you are seeing more and more participation." The T.S.A. is planning to open application centers at several major airports across the United States that would allow passengers to sign up for the program. This would include finger printing, a background check, and an 85 dollar fee.