TSA expands faster screening to international travelers

LOS ANGELES — Some U.S. travelers who fly abroad are now eligible to move through airport screening lines without removing their shoes, belts and jackets, or taking laptops and liquids out of carry-on bags.

The Transportation Security Administration said Monday it was expanding its PreCheck program to passengers flying abroad from 40 U.S. airports.

The PreCheck program was previously limited to U.S. citizens who travel domestically and participate in a frequent-flier program with Alaska, American, Delta, United or US Airways.

Beginning Tuesday, travelers who participate in PreCheck can use the faster screening lines when flying to some international destinations. PreCheck is also available to Canadian citizens who participate in NEXUS, a program for travelers who frequently fly between the U.S. and Canada.

Under the PreCheck program, passengers who fly frequently and submit background information may proceed through faster screening lines so the TSA can focus on travelers they consider to be serious threats.