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Sep 4, 2013 11:42 PM by Stefanie Boe & Associated Press

TSA pre-screening coming to Tucson airport

TUCSON - Frequent Tucson travelers could soon get to keep their shoes on when they go through security at Tucson International Airport. TIA will be among 100 airports across the country with the TSA Pre-check program.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration says the expansion is part of its attempt to make screening more effective by breaking away from a single approach at all airports.

Under the program, qualified passengers don't have to remove their shoes, light jackets and belts. They can keep laptops in cases, and liquids and gels in their carry-on bags.

Pre-Check is open to U.S. citizens who belong to frequent-flier programs of participating airlines or a government trusted-traveler program, and to Canadian citizens who belong to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's NEXUS program.

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