Travelers and airport officials continue to see tremendous benefits from the PreCheck program, which provides qualified travelers access to expedited security screening privileges, so they have expanded sign-up options for the program.

Sabre Chief Executive Officer Sam Gilliland today praised the TSA for expanding enrollment options for its fantastic PreCheck program. 

“Both programs provide an outstanding traveler experience and make travel easier,” Gilliland said. “They also allow government agencies to focus their resources more efficiently on those who may pose risks.”

Gilliland serves as the Vice Chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB).  He also serves on U.S. Travel Association’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Aviation Security. These advisory boards recommended to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that they implement risk-based security programs as opposed to one-size-fits-all approaches that unnecessarily slow down law abiding travelers.

These recommendations led to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol greatly expanding the Global Entry program’s reach and development of the TSA’s PreCheck program.

 According to Bloomberg, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration will for the first time let travelers apply directly for expedited screening privileges to avoid lanes that require shoe removal and laptop checks.

TSA will allow people to apply directly for its PreCheck program online and at airports, the U.S. Travel Association said in a news release today. Fliers will complete a background check with an onsite interview and fingerprinting, the group said.

Read here for more on Bloomberg’s story about expansion of the PreCheck program.