New security program speeds screening for frequent fliers

POSTED: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 10:04am

Phoenix, Arizona's Sky Harbor International Airport has joined several other airports in offering the new Trusted Traveler program that allows frequent international passengers who've cleared a federal background check to hustle through security checkpoints.

A new federal regulation expanding the program recently went into effect.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection oversees the program for the Department of Homeland Security, and estimates that travelers cleared for participating Global Entry get through the Transportation Security Administration's checkpoints 20 minutes faster than the average traveler.

To apply for the trusted traveler clearance, a passenger must be at least 14 years old and pass a security threat assessment.

Passengers 14 to 18 years old must have obtained signed consent of a parent or guardian.

The government charges a $100 processing fee for every applicant.

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