LITTLE ROCK — The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is one of 60 airports selected to participate in a new expedited passenger screening program, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced Friday.
Under the program, pre-approved airline travelers will be allowed to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, as well as keep their laptops in their cases and their small containers of liquids in their carry-on luggage in select screening lanes.
The program has been under way in 40 other airports across the country since October 2011 and more than 15 million passengers have participated, the TSA said.
The expedited screening program will be available at the Little Rock airport by the end of the year and will be offered to U.S. citizens who participate in frequent traveler programs and are invited by participating airlines.
Participating airlines include American Airlines, Delta, United and US Airways. Southwest Airlines is expected to be added later, the agency said.
“Travelers currently enrolled in (the program) have told us they would like to have it in Little Rock and we’re glad that it’s on the way,” Clinton National Airport Executive Director Ronald F. Matthieu said in a news release.