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TSA pre-screening program to come to more NY airports

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The Transportation Security Administration will expand its expedited screening program to 60 new airports, including five airports in New York, by the end of 2013, the agency announced Wednesday.

The TSA Pre-check program, as it is called, is already in place in 40 airports, including Kennedy, Newark, and LaGuardia in the New York City area. The expansion will include Albany International Airport, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Greater Rochester International Airport, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, and Westchester County Airport, TSA said.

"As TSA continues to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, we are looking for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way possible," TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a news release. "Expanding TSA Pre-check to more locations enables many more passengers across the country to experience expedited screening."

Travelers who are approved for TSA Pre-check are allowed to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes, the TSA said. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen and a member of frequent traveler program of a participating airline. U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's NEXUS program are also qualified to participate.

The TSA plans to launch an application process later this year that will allow more Americans to participate.

When the expansion takes place, these are the airports in New, York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania that will have TSA Pre-check.

New Jersey

Newark Liberty International Airport

New York

Albany International Airport

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Greater Rochester International Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport

LaGuardia Airport

Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Westchester County Airport

Connecticut

Bradley International Airport

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh International Airport

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