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TSA Precheck Comes to Tulsa International Airport

Matt Trotter/KWGS News

The Transportation Security Administration's Precheck line at Tulsa International Airport opened today.

Passengers eligible for the line don't have to remove their shoes, belts or light jackets, or take laptops or toiletries out of their bags.

TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon says the agency has moved away from a one-size-fits-all approach in the last few years.

"What we've moved toward is an intelligence risk–based system," she said.

U.S. citizens who are frequent fliers on American Airlines, Delta, United and US Airways are eligible for the line at Tulsa International, but they must be invited by an airline to participate.

TSA plans to launch a program later this year so other U.S. citizens may apply.

"When TSA launches its application process, it will be $85 for five years," said Harmon.

Some passengers will also be selected for the precheck line for single flights only.

Precheck is now in 97 airports nationwide; TSA plans to have it in 100 by the end of the year. According to an agency statement, TSA uses only the information passengers provide to the airline for prescreening purposes.

The statement also says any expedited screening is secondary to security concerns.