MSO to offer quick-check screening application

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By Martin Kidston/MISSOULA CURRENT

Looking to get through that airport security line a little faster?

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has scheduled a pre-screening application program at Missoula International Airport early next month.

Brian Ellestad, deputy director at Missoula International Airport, said those interested in the program must register online and complete the enrollment in person, or apply as a walk-in at the airport’s temporary application center.

Passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program receive expedited screening at TSA checkpoints. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who complete the enrollment process don’t have to remove their shoes, light outerwear and belt at security.

They can also leave their laptop in its case when passing through the screening process.

Ellestad said more than 160 airports participate in the TSA program, along with 13 airlines including Alaska, Allegiant, Delta and United, all of which serve Missoula.

Participating airlines also include American, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, One Jet, Sun Country, WestJet, Air Canada and Virgin America.

After completing enrollment, Ellestad said successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number in the mail within several weeks. The number is valid for five years and appears on tickets during the booking process.

To register for the TSA screening program, travelers must bring documentation proving identity and proof of citizenship. The application fee is $85. The program is scheduled for April 4-8 and runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 406-728-4381.