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Want to cut down on SLO airport wait time? TSA opens up more precheck options

SLO airport's new terminal will have a better security checkpoint — but will it be fast enough?

The new $39 million terminal that's under construction at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport will include a security checkpoint that is always open during flight hours and will have a larger waiting area. But, there will still be just one
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The new $39 million terminal that's under construction at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport will include a security checkpoint that is always open during flight hours and will have a larger waiting area. But, there will still be just one

Airline passengers looking to get through security at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport a little faster but missed a chance to register for the initial TSA Precheck programs offered next month will get another chance.

In addition to already filled appointments Oct. 9-12, TSA will be on site at the airport parking lot from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 to enroll passengers in the precheck plan that allows members to keep on light jackets, shoes and belts during the airport security process. Members also can keep their laptops and compliant liquids in their bag, according to a news release from airport director Kevin Bumen.

The mobile enrollment center will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. from Oct. 23 to Nov. 2. It will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3. The center will be closed Oct. 28-29.

To enroll, attendees must bring a government-issued photo ID with proof of U.S. citizenship, and complete a 10-minute fingerprinting process.

Precheck memberships are valid at airports across the country.

For more information, or to book an appointment, visit universalenroll.dhs.gov and select San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport as your location. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport's new $39.5 million terminal is expected to be complete and open for incoming flights Nov. 1, 2017. Here's a look at the inside and outside of the new building in a SLO County promotional video.

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