The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced plans last week to substantially expand its trusted-traveler airport program in 2012, and Honolulu Airport was among 28 facilities nationwide that will be added to the program.

The TSA’s new PreCheck registration program allows some confirmed frequent flyers and other Department of Homeland Security trusted-traveler program members to forgo unpacking their laptops while keeping on their shoes, jackets and belts during airport security screenings.

The TSA did not give a date for when the program would be up and running at Honolulu or any of the other airports.

“[PreCheck] moves us closer to our goal of delivering the most effective and efficient screening by recognizing that most passengers do not pose a threat to security,” TSA Administrator John Pistole said in a statement.

The TSA said PreCheck has already screened more than 336,000 passengers and is currently operating with American Airlines and Delta Airlines at airports in Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit.

A Feb. 9 report in the Honolulu Advertiser said that Hawaiian Airlines is among several carriers hoping to offer their frequent flyers the opportunity to opt into the program this year. The carrier is still working on getting the technology in place to take the opt-in requests from its flyers. "Our target is to be able to offer the opt-in to our customers when Honolulu is up and running," a Hawaiian spokesman told the Advertiser.
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