Sioux Falls, SD
If you fly at all, you know the drill: Get your boarding pass and then wait in the security checkpoint line.
But a new TSA program to make that line faster and smoother for passengers has now landed in Sioux Falls.
Brian Kern of Madison flies out of the Sioux Falls airport three to five times a month for business. Kern says the worst part of his trip is going through the TSA security line.
"It's a nightmare," Kern said.
Kern says he'd like to use this new TSA Pre-check line at the airport and starting today he can, if he enrolls in the program.
"In a big airport you can cut out wait time and move to the front of the line to me it would be absolutely worth it, because I travel a fair amount," Kern said.
Passengers start the enrollment process online, but then must schedule an appointment here at the office on West Russell Street to provide valid government identification and get fingerprinted. It costs $85 to be enrolled for a five-year period.
"We are doing a criminal history check to see if you have any disqualifying crimes that may make you something other than a low-risk traveler, and so that fee does cover that," TSA Spokesperson Lorie Dankers said.
People approved by the TSA Pre-check will be issued a trusted traveler number. You'll have to enter that number when you buy your airline ticket and it will show up on your boarding pass.
Passengers are then allowed to leave on shoes, light jackets and belts. They can keep a laptop in its case and liquids and gels in a carry-on bag. The program is now in effect in 118 airports. The goal is to get passengers through the line in half the time.
John Mollison is the first passenger to sign up at the new enrollment center in Sioux Falls. Mollison flies about seven times a year on business; often internationally.
"This will save me maybe half the time; but I don't have to take off my shoes," Mollison said.
And the TSA says keeping their shoes on is the number one thing passengers want.
There is also a TSA Pre-check lane at the Rapid City airport.
Required documentation for TSA Pre-check Program
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