CLEVELAND - Tired of taking off your shoes, belt, and jacket to go through airport security? There is a new program at Cleveland Hopkins that allows you to skip those steps. It's called TSA PreCheck, where the government checks your background before you arrive to the airport. It's rolling out at airports across the country and just arrived at Cleveland Hopkins.
"I look forward to not doing all the things I had to do before," Jim Musbach said.
With TSA PreCheck, you can keep your liquids and computer in your bag and your shoes and jacket on.
"I look for something that speeds it up, and a line that will do that is great," Musbach explained.
"We are trying to evolve into a non one-size fits all type of screening," said Michael Young, federal security director for TSA Ohio.
You sign up through your carrier's frequent flier program. Your date of birth and other traveler information is used to check your security risk.
"We know a lot about them. We know their travel patterns. Their travel history," Musbach said.
It's a program that's already available at almost 40 other airports. Airport director Ricky Smith said that should eliminate the bugs at Hopkins.
"I think we got it pretty early. We are in the top 40 airports to receive it. There are still 200 airports that do not have it," Smith explained.
The Akron-Canton Airport does not have the program. The TSA is working to bring the program to airports the size of Akron, but there is no time frame.
Rolling it out to Hopkins will allow passengers to take time as more people join and begin to understand the program.
Musbach left the PreCheck line after he learned he'd go through a metal detector. He has an artificial joint and worried his bags and everything else would then need to be checked since he set off the detector.
He turned around and went through the security line with imaging technology. The TSA said Musbach would not have to take out his laptop or liquids.
"He could have equally gone through and gotten all the benefits and it would not have created much of a thing," Young explained.
TSA said if you have artificial joints you'll still be subject to an additional pat down, but it won't change the benefits for your belongings that go through security.
While you join the program, security is random. Even if you are accepted into the program, you may not be able to use PreCheck every time you fly.
By mid-April, United passengers you will know if you they are a PreCheck passenger because it will be written on your boarding pass. The other airlines will roll out this feature after United.
Until then, the information is embedded in your boarding pass.
If you fly Southwest, you can't use the program. TSA expects the airline may start using this by the end of the year.