Peoria International Airport announces "Fast Lane" for frequent fliers

By WEEK Producer

Peoria International Airport announces "Fast Lane" for frequent fliers

November 1, 2013 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Frequent fliers out of Peoria can expect a better experience at the screening checkpoint.

General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport announced improvements to their security screening checkpoint on Friday.

A new “Fast Lane” with expedited screening is in service for
certain travelers, including those that have signed up for TSA’s “Precheck” or US Customs and Border Protection’s “Global Entry” programs.

When passengers flying out of Peoria International Airport present their
boarding passes to TSA at the security checkpoint, officers will use new Boarding Pass Scanners to read information embedded in the bar code. That information will tell the officer whether or not the passenger is eligible for expedited screening for that particular flight.

Airport officials say that the fast lane is mainly for expert travelers who are familiar with TSA’s screening procedures, but is also
available for uniformed military or passengers with disabilities.

“We know people have a choice when it comes to air travel. This is one more step we can take to make trips from PIA easier, and another reason why a traveler will want to choose to start their trips from PIA," Gene Olson, Director of Airports said.

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