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Nashville, Memphis Airports Get Expedited Security Screenings

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -  Beginning next month, some security changes could affect travelers at two of Tennessee's busiest airports.  The airports in Nashville and Memphis will soon offer the Transportation Security Administration's Pre-check program.

According to TSA, the program allows passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways to participate in expedited screening.

Advantages include being able to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belts, not having to remove laptops from their cases and leaving liquid or gel items in carry-ons.

"I'm sort of in favor of it," said passenger John Lee.  "I'd like to see things get back to a little more sensible.  I don't want to compromise my safety, of course, I don't think anybody does.  But for a lot of us that travel a lot for work, I think it makes sense to do a little pre-screening and maybe helping the flow."

"It's definitely appealing if you're running late," said Matthew Molnar.  "For me, I'm fine with taking the time, just for safety's safe."

Eligible passengers include U.S. citizens who have opted-in through a participating airline and members of one of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Trusted Traveler programs.

Pre-check should be available in Nashville and Memphis by April 1. 

Click here for a map of all U.S. airports with TSA Pre-check Expedited Sceening

Because TSA will always incorporate random security measures, no one is guaranteed expedited screening.

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