Officials at Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) are pleased to announce that the airport has been selected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for inclusion in the expansion of the TSA PreCheck program.
TSA’s PreCheck program is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. To date, more than 15 million passengers have experienced TSA PreCheck since it launched in October 2011.
“This is great news for frequent and business travelers here at Mitchell Airport,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “The combination of easy access, cost savings and convenient location already make Mitchell a great airport, and the leading alternative to Chicago’s O’Hare. The addition of TSA’s PreCheck program makes it even more attractive.”
TSA PreCheck is expected to be in operation at MKE by the end of 2013. Four airlines serving MKE are currently enrolled in the program including; American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways. Southwest Airlines, MKE’s largest carrier, is expected to join the program in the future
For more information on TSA Precheck, visit http://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck.
General Mitchell International Airport is owned by Milwaukee County and operated by the Department of Transportation, Airport Division, under the policy direction of the Milwaukee County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors. The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation.