Fly Through Security


Fly Through Security

A new program lets you breeze through those airport checkpoints.

This month, some travelers can begin signing on to the Registered Traveler program as it starts to roll out nationwide. You'll register locally at participating airports. By paying an annual fee, submitting to a background check and supplying biometric data, such as fingerprints or iris scans, you will be able to use preferred security checkpoints.

At Orlando's airport, where an $80-a-year pilot program has run for a year, members waited a maximum of three minutes in lines, compared with 32 minutes for everyone else. Airports expected to put in systems soon include Indianapolis, San Jose and Toronto; talks are under way at a dozen more.

But each airport decides whether to participate, and some are skeptical of the program. Airports will set their own fees.