Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) - If you hate taking your shoes off every time before you board a plane, you may be in luck.
The TSA has expanded it's pre-check program to include select passengers who are flying out of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
The program lets pre-approved travelers leave on their shoes, belt, and light outerwear, keep their laptop in its case, and their compliant liquids bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. "This risk-based security screening concept enhances security by enabling the TSA to focus our efforts on passengers the agency knows less about while providing expatiated screening for travelers who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying" said Rick DePietro, TSA's Federal Security Director at Buffalo.
Passengers who are eligible for the Pre-Check program include some US citizens who are members of frequent traveler programs, members of a US Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program, and others. Currently, some trusted travelers will be picked at random to enter the Pre-Check line. Later this year, the TSA will launch an application program for travelers who would like to have the opportunity to keep their shoes on.