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Airline flight crews will no longer be required to wait in passenger security lines at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport starting Wednesday.

Airport officials, along with the Transportation Security Administration, have opened a new and discrete security lane for pilots and flight crews as part of the Known Crewmember Program.

"We are pleased to provide this expedited service for flights crews using CLE Airport," said airport Director Ricky Smith. "Not only will this new security lane allow flight crews to go through security screening quickly, passengers in the public security lines will also experience a quicker process. We appreciate TSA's efforts to make this program available at this airport."

The Known Crewmember Program began in April 2011 as part of an effort under the TSA's Risk Based Security Initiative. The program has already allowed flight crews with all domestic airlines to participate in the program thus avoiding lengthy security checkpoint line at airports across the country.

Currently, 31 airports participate in the KCM program including Baltimore-Washington, Boston, Chicago O'Hare, Columbia, South Carolina, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Newark, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Seattle-Tacoma and Washington Dulles.

Airport officials, working with Transportation Security Administration personnel, also opened an additional TSA Pre-Check lane at Security Checkpoint B in addition to the two existing TSA Pre-Check lanes at Security Checkpoint C. Since the first lane opened last March, approximately 1,800 passengers a day have used the lane.

U.S. citizens traveling domestically at Hopkins, and other designated airports, who are select American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler programs are eligible to use this lane to receive expedited screening benefits.

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