Expedited air safety screening comes to St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS — The federal Transportation Security Administration has expanded its expedited screening process to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Eligible air travelers who enroll in advance and pay an $85 registration fee can use the Pre-Check program to avoid having to take off their shoes, jackets and belts or unpack laptop computers. The registration is good for five years.

Participants must first provide a valid passport or driver’s license and birth certificate as well as submit fingerprints for a criminal background check at an airport registration office.

Those who qualify receive what the TSA calls a Known Traveler Number that can be submitted when making online flight reservations.

Expedited screening has expanded to two dozen U.S. airports and attracted more than 300,000 participants nationwide. Its introduction at Lambert was announced Tuesday.

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