TSA PreCheck security lines no longer free of charge

The Transportation Security Administration recently pulled the plug on its controversial but traveler-friendly Managed Inclusion Program. The program allowed frequent travelers to use the PreCheck security lines at airports without paying the $85 fee.

Passengers deemed “low-risk” could save time and money if they were lucky enough to be cleared to use the expedited security lanes.

The expedited lanes don’t require passengers to remove shoes, belts, or light jackets. They can also keep laptops and 3-1-1 liquids in their bags.

The PreCheck Program is available in more than 150 airports nationwhide and most major American carriers participate.

The TSA announced plans in June to phase out the program over security concerns after a convicted felon and former member of a domestic terrorist group was cleared via the Managed Inclusion Program. Homeland Security released details of the incident in March and said he was identified and re-screened before boading the plane.

Those wanting to use the PreCheck line will need to apply and pay the $85 fee from now on. For more information on how to do so, click here.