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Program can shorten long lines at McCarran checkpoints

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LAS VEGAS -- A growing program is helping travelers say goodbye to those stressful, long lines at the airport security checkpoint.

More than 4,700 people have been approved for TSA pre-check at McCarran International Airport making it one of the top airports in the country for the special screening program.

Matthew Dixon is flying through security instead of the usual, time-consuming routine.

"Taking off my shoes, taking off my belt,” Dixon said. "I travel quite a bit for my job, and so this usually cuts off a good 15 to 20 minutes when you're going through security anywhere you go. It's very convenient."

McCarran now has its own TSA pre-check enrollment center.

"TSA Pre-check is expedited screening through dedicated lanes at the security checkpoint,” TSA Spokesperson Lorie Dankers said. "It's very quick, and it's very convenient, and passengers love it."

To get clearance from the TSA, travelers have to do a quick in-person visit, show identification and get fingerprinted. The process takes about a week for the agency to make sure you're not a travel threat.

The pre-check helps McCarran’s mission, according to airport officials.

"We want to get you through the checkpoint, we want to get you to your plane, and on your way with the least amount of hassle possible,” Christine Crews of McCarran Airport said.

There's also a TSA enrollment location on Flamingo Road near Eastern Avenue.

The enrollment costs $85. If approved, you'll get a known-traveler number and it's good for five years.

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