A new faster way to get through airport security is coming to Austin.
The TSA will soon start their pre-check program which allows travelers to be pre-screened in order to get through security quicker.
Those who register would be able to keep their shoes and jackets on. Passengers will be able to even keep laptops and liquids in their luggage, which they expect will shrink wait times.
Nothing adds to the hustle and bustle of flying like a long security line. But some sweet relief is in sight. The TSA's pre-check system is set to debut at the end of March. It basically runs a background check to make sure you're not a threat and allows you to get into a special pre-checked security line.
Congressman Michael McCaul, a chairman on the Homeland Security Committee says it will make flying easier and safer.
"It's going to be very passenger friendly, while still maintaining that security still targeted towards the real threat. Which is not the grandmother and the little kid, which is not the frequent flyer that's trusted, it would be the potential terrorists coming through the airport," McCaul said.
Frequent fliers on American, Alaska, Delta , and United Airlines along with US Airways will qualify for free, while others will pay $100 for a 5 year enrollment.
Even with a potential sequester, with the possibility of funding being cut the TSA is still carrying on with the project.
"So in the short term passengers should not see any changes but clearly each day that goes on, it has a greater potential impact," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.
"By the time you get a laptop and iPad and a cell phone in the bucket and your shoes and your belt, or if you're traveling in business attire, it's that much more complicated," said business traveler Casey Schnoor.
The program is set to begin at the end of March. Even those passengers that are pre-checked could be picked for random screenings.