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      Pre-check program introduced at Hancock Airport will make travel easier and safer

      <font size="2">A new pre-check program at the Hancock Airport can help make catching your next flight out of Syracuse a little less stressful.</font>

      A new pre-check program at the Hancock Airport can help make catching your next flight out of Syracuse a little less stressful.

      The new program will allow neighbors to spend less time on line waiting to pass through security.

      The program, announced by Senator Chuck Schumer and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Thursday, is the first of its kind in Central and Northern New York.

      Here's how it works: Travelers would undergo background checks and pre-screening through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This would trickle down to help neighbors get through screening and security lines more quickly at airports around the country.

      The program will be especially beneficial for frequent flyers. To qualify for the program, you must provide personal information which isn't normally required during the security check.

      Senator Schumer has long pushed for such a program in Syracuse, especially at Hancock Airport, which is a fair representation of most small to mid-sized airports.

      "With this expedited travel option in Syracuse as of Thursday, we will see increases in safety and efficiency for vacationers and business travelers alike and a boost in the local economy," he says.

      ??This program will give travelers from the Central New York region an opportunity to move quickly and conveniently through the screening and security process. This is another great addition to the rapidly growing Syracuse Hancock International Airport," Mayor Miner says.