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TSA enrollment center for faster screening opened at Logan

Patty Gilette said using the new TSA expedited security screening at Logan was a “fabulous experience.”

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Patty Gilette said using the new TSA expedited security screening at Logan was a “fabulous experience.”

An enrollment center for an expedited security screening program is now open in Terminal A at Boston Logan International Airport.

For a fee of $85, travelers in the PreCheck program will not have to remove their shoes, take off their belts and coats, or pull laptops and liquids out of carry-on bags. The fee covers a five-year membership to the program run by the Transportation Security Administration.

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“It allows us to prescreen and be more efficient in the way that people check in,” TSA administrator John S. Pistole said at an event announcing the center at Logan on Tuesday.

The TSA offers one PreCheck lane in Terminal A, two in Terminal B, and one in Terminal C.

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Due to space constraints, there is no dedicated lane in Terminal E, but PreCheck travelers are allowed to keep their shoes on while moving through the regular security lanes. The TSA hopes to add a PreCheck lane in Terminal E.

The program is available to qualifying US citizens and lawful permanent residents. Applicants preenroll on the PreCheck website and then visit the enrollment center to provide background information, including criminal history and digital fingerprints. The TSA uses the information to perform a risk assessment on each applicant.

Approved PreCheck members enter a separate security lane at the airport and go through metal detectors without the standard removal of shoes and coats.

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For security reasons, qualified passengers are not guaranteed access to the expedited security lane on every flight and do not know if it will be available to them until they arrive at the security checkpoint.

PreCheck is offered on Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin America flights. Pistole said more than 240,000 travelers have signed up for the program.

The Logan center is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other application centers are located in Brockton, Dorchester, Pocasset, Springfield, and Waltham.

Taryn Luna can be reached at taryn.luna@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TarynLuna.
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