Over 2 million passengers travel through Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids each year.

All those travelers create long lines.

Now there's a way to avoid those lines and travel faster out of Grand Rapids.

The Transportation Security Administration is expanding TSA Pre✓™ for travelers flying out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. TSA Pre✓™ is now available to Gerald R. Ford International Airport passengers flying on Delta Air Lines via Checkpoint A and on Southwest, United, and American Airlines via Checkpoint B.

The program allows pre-approved travelers 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 Pre✓™ application program requires a background check, fingerprints, and an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership. Once approved, travelers will receive a Known Traveler Number and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓™ lanes at security checkpoints at more than 100 participating airports and on nine major U.S. airlines including: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

Until now, passengers have only been eligible through existing programs such as U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s Global Entry program and frequent flier programs with certain airlines, but now travelers can apply directly for the expedited screening program.

If a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, a TSA Pre✓™ indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so that, when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Pre✓™ lane.

30 million passengers have used TSA Pre✓™ nationwide.

Read the announcement from Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Learn where to apply for TSA Pre✓™.

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