AIRPORT SECURITY JUST GOT A LITTLE EASIER....
AN ENROLLMENT CENTER FOR PRE-CHECK HAS OPENED UP IN
THE SPOKANE VALLEY.
NOW THERE'S A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO GO WHO WANT EXPEDITED
SECURITY SCREENING WHEN THEY TRAVEL.
KXLY'S ALLIE NORTON IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT.
SHE'S LIVE AT THE SPOKANE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
NADINE, WHILE THE SPOKANE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT'S
SCREENING PROCESS DOESN'T TAKE TOO LONG....
IT'S NO SECRET THAT AT OTHER AIRPORTS IT CAN.
SO NOW THERE'S A CENTER IN SPOKANE FOR PEOPLE TO ENROLL
WHO WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF QUICKER SCREENING.
FOR THIS NEWLYWED COUPLE... FLYING TO SPOKANE FOR
THEIR HONEYMOON WAS A BREEZE.
("They kind of took us off to a different line, went
through, did a little bit of a hand swipe and then
fed us through like the would any other security check
and it was really easy and really great.")
MARCELLA KALLMANN-RUPP AND HER HUSBAND GOT TO TEST
OUT PRECHECK... AN EXPEDITED SCREENING PROCESS WHERE
TRAVELERS DON'T HAVE TO TAKE OFF THEIR SHOES OR BELTS
AND CAN KEEP APPROVED SIZED LIQUIDS AND LAPTOPS IN
("It was really easy and really great.")
PRECHECK IS AVAILABLE IN 118 AIRPORTS ACROSS THE U-S.
BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL RECENTLY THAT TRAVELERS COULD
APPLY FOR IT IN SPOKANE. IT'S 85 DOLLARS TO APPLY...
WHICH IS A TURNOFF FOR SOME.
("I don't think as a casual traveler I would, but
if I was a business traveler and I was traveling more
often, I think I would.")
BUT FOR OTHERS... 85 DOLLARS IS WORTH IT.
("We travel a lot and we travel to a lot of major
airports and it makes a big difference when you're
in a major airport.")
THE PROCESS STARTS ONLINE AT UNIVERSAL ENROLL DOT
D-H-S DOT GOV.
FROM THERE... SPOKANE APPLICANTS CAN GO TO ABSOLUTE
DRUG TESTING ON EAST SPRAGUE AVENUE WHERE THEY'LL
VERIFY THEIR CITIZENSHIP OR IMMIGRATION STATUS...
AND BE FINGERPRINTED.
...A PROCESS THAT DOESN'T TAKE TOO LONG... BUT CAN
IF YOU DON'T MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
("I waited about three hours and that's this time.
We came a little before lunch and got turned away
saying they were going to close up for the lunch hour.")
APPROVED APPLICANTS WILL BE MAILED A "KNOWN TRAVELER
NUMBER" THAT WILL BE USED THEY BOOK THEIR FLIGHT....
AND WILL SHOW UP ON THE BOARDING PASS.
PRE-CHECK IS VALID FOR FIVE YEARS.
REPORTING FROM THE SPOKANE INTERNATION AIRPORT TONIGHT.