TSA PreCheck program will be coming to Aspen airport starting this winter

Aspen Daily News Staff Report
The Transportation Security Administration’s new TSA PreCheck program is coming to Aspen this winter. Under the line-shortening program, qualified travelers will not have to remove their shoes, belts or lightweight jackets or have to remove their laptops or small quantities of liquids, gels and aerosols from carry-on luggage during expedited security screening.
The TSA PreCheck program includes certain frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of existing Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler (CBP) programs including Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI programs. It also includes members of the U.S. Armed Forces including those serving in the Coast Guard, reserves and National Guard.
Any U.S. Citizen can apply for TSA PreCheck expedited screening benefits for a fee of $85, which, if approved, is valid for five years.
“Our lines at the security gate can get very long, especially during the height of the ski season,” Airport Director Jim Elwood said in a press release. “PreCheck travelers will have a separate security lane that will get them through security much faster.”
The new program is expected to be launched at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport by mid-February. For more information about the program log on to www.tsa.gov.