Fast airport security checks are coming to Washington D.C.

TSA is expanding its pre-check program into Washington D.C. Photo: TSA security check/ AP

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2013 — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded its pre-check program into Washington D.C. Now more passengers can skip taking off their shoes, belts and coats and removing their computers and toiletries for inspection when traveling.

The pre-check program was started two years ago but relatively few passengers were allowed to participate, but last week the TSA announced an expansion of the program which will include Washington D.C. travelers.

The TSA wanted to expand the program so more agents will now be free to spend their time looking out for people that are a more immediate threat such as the recent gunman in LAX who killed one agent and injured six other passengers.

To expedite the registration process one can fill out the optional online pre-enrollment form but must go in person to an enrollment center location to complete the process.

Before a known traveler number is issued a person must have a background check, be fingerprinted and pay $85 for a five year period.

A passport is not required but proof of citizenship and identity is required.

Once the known traveler number is issued, a traveler will be able to use expedited security lines at 100 different airports.

The enrollment centers in the Washington D.C. area are located in Alexandria, La Plata and Dundalk. 

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