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  • An American Airlines passenger uses the TSA's Pre-Check screening station at O'Hare's Terminal 3 in March.

       An American Airlines passenger uses the TSA's Pre-Check screening station at O'Hare's Terminal 3 in March.
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A streamlined security screening that keeps passengers on their feet is now available at all O'Hare International Airport's domestic terminals.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday it has opened a third expedited check-in at O'Hare's Terminal 2 for "trusted travelers" who are Delta Air Lines or US Airways frequent fliers.

Known as TSA Pre-Check or Pre, the program opened at Terminal 3 for American Airlines passengers in March and in Terminal 1 for United Airlines customers in June.

Eligible passengers avoid inconveniences such as removing shoes, belts or light jackets, and can keep laptops in bags and liquids like shampoo that comply with 3-ounce limits in carry-on bags.

The idea is to speed up the screening for fliers the government has deemed trustworthy and give TSA officers more time to focus on security risks.

Ultimately, it should have a trickle-down effect that speeds up security lines for other passengers, officials said.

Pre-Check is now offered at 20 airports and so far more than 2 million fliers have used it.

To qualify, travelers must be enrolled in a U.S. Customs and Protection Trusted Traveler program such as Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have not been convicted of any criminal offenses.

To find out more about enrolling in a Trusted Traveler program, go to www.globalentry.gov/.

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