Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic carrier in the United States by passenger numbers, is expected to participate in the PreCheck expedited program of the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in mid-November.
TSA PreCheck allows expedited security screening of select frequent fliers of participating airlines as well as travelers who are members of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs and are flying on the participating airlines.
Qualifying passengers can use faster PreCheck dedicated security screening lanes at airports and also usually do not have to remove their shoes or take their laptops and liquids out from bags.
TSA is expanding the PreCheck program to 100 airports by the end of 2013.
Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America currently participate in the PreCheck program.