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ILM approved for TSA Pre-Check program

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Frequent flyers will now have a greater incentive to travel through Wilmington International Airport and a shorter wait to get to their gate.

The Transportation Security Administration has approved ILM to be part of TSA's Pre-Check program.

TSA Pre-Check allows approved frequent flyers to leave on their shoes, jackets and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their toiletries kit in a carry-on in select security screening lanes.

Click here for more information on the program, including how to enroll

Nobody will be guaranteed Pre-Check for every flight. To ensure traveler safety, TSA will still incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport.

"The first time it happened to me was last week (in Chicago), and I thought, 'My God. I've got to get a whole body thing,'" frequent flyer and Pre-Check member John Ruhlig said. "When I went through it, it was quite easy, and I didn't even have to go through the monitor. I went through a different monitor. It was very quick, no hassle, no line and nobody was there. It was great."

ILM is expected to implement the TSA Pre-Check program some time before the end of the year.

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I fly once or twice a year

I fly once or twice a year to the other coast; is the fee and all worth it? Probably not. The only time it has really given me a problem was in San Francisco where I didn't know I'd be leaving a secure area and go back through TSA for my connecting flight which I missed (thanks to a un-helpful TSA screener that made sure ALL my laptops were in differing bins then pointed out I hadn't removed my shoes, then.. well by this time my connecting flight had left and I sat there for another 2 Hours..

Don't forget

there is a fee associated with this.

The good news, once approved, you're good at most airports.

Not exactly true. You can

Not exactly true. You can pay a fee to enroll in the program, but certain low risk passengers are approved for precheck without being enrolled in the program.

Also, if you have CBP's Global Entry, Nexus, or Sentry, you are also enrolled in the program already. Once you enroll in any of these programs, you need to share your "known traveller" number with your airline. Name and date of birth on your ticket must match exactly what is on your known traveller card for the program to work.

Great News

I flow in today from Philadelphia and their TSA lane was down. They put a sticker on my boarding pass and I went through the regular lane and recieve was able to leave my shoes, belt and light coat on. I don't understand why ILM can't do that. They are always behind in what they do.