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LaGuardia Airport Introduces Expedited Screening For Qualified Passengers

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Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport - Queens, NY - Nov 9, 2010 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / Special to CBSNewYork)

Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport – Queens, NY – Nov 9, 2010 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / Special to CBSNewYork)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - LaGuardia Airport will now provide expedited screening to qualified passengers, the Transportation Security Administration announced in a statement on Wednesday.

The TSA pre-screening means that you don’t have to take your shoes off, you can keep your belt on and you don’t have to open up your laptop.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

One woman told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria that she took advantage of it at the Delta terminal at LaGuardia and was absolutely thrilled.

“I’ve logged in over two million miles, so I know how to do it,” she told D’Auria. “And, boy, is that fast.”

Gale Rossides of the TSA says that the expedited screening still means that people are very safe because of all the other protection that’s in place.

“Other elements include intelligence gathering and analysis, explosives detection and closed-circuit television monitoring,” Rossides told WCBS 880.

The TSA says that most passengers really pose no risk, so the pre-screening allows it to focus its resources on passengers who might be a problem. Passengers can qualify for pre-screening if they’re frequent flyers with a particular airline, or by checking in with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.

TSA pre-screening is also available at Kennedy Airport, but not at Newark International.

Are you in favor of expedited screening, or do you believe that every passenger should be subjected to the same security measures? Sound off below…

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