Daryl V. Rowland

CLEVELAND: For those who fly regularly for business or pleasure, the ritual of having to remove shoes, jackets, belts and separating computers from other possessions when going through a security checkpoint can add time and stress to each trip.

As of Friday, frequent flyers could begin applying for expedited screenings at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officially has opened an application site at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for TSA Prev a screening program that allows a traveler to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as keep a laptop in a case and keep compliant liquids/gels in a bag in a carry-on bag.

According to Hopkins, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents now can enroll in the program, first by completing an online form, then scheduling an appointment and finally completing the enrollment at the new application center to verify their identity and provide documentation to confirm citizenship/immigration status, as well as to provide fingerprints.

For those interested in the program, the process can be started by visiting www.TSA.gov/tsa-precheck.

The application center, located on the baggage claim level across from carousel 8, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Applicants with questions can contact the Universal Enrollment Call Center at 855-347-8371 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays.

TSA is in the process of expanding its number of application centers across the country to more than 300.

Daryl Rowland can be reached at darylvrowland@gmail.com.