On Thursday afternoon the Transportation Security Administration Federal Security Director Jerry Henderson is expected to address the media at Orlando International Airport (MCO).
The director is expected to discuss TSA's pre-check initiative which is part of a larger effort to implement risk-based security. The pre-check program is an expedited screening initiative at MCO. Select frequent flyers on American, United, Delta, Virgin America, Alaska and US Airways and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Trusted Traveler programs may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling. Southwest joined the program recently as well.
For those travelers directed to the expedited screening lane, it means they will be allowed to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, and keep their laptop and their compliant liquids/gels bag inside their carry-on.
Passengers who are eligible for TSA Pre-Check include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines, U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program, Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's NEXUS program and passengers traveling on a participating airline who TSA proactively prescreens using its Secure Flight system.
This means many more people will be experiencing these lanes. And later this year TSA will launch an application program, allowing more U.S. citizens to enroll in TSA Pre-check.
To date, more than 18 million passengers across the country have experienced TSA Pre-check. Orlando International was among the first in the country where TSA Pre-check became available.