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Airport security measures will become slightly less rigid—if you’re a lucky frequent flier.

By 2015, the TSA plans to let you wear your shoes through security (you’ll step on a shoe-scanning mat). But the real news for 2012 is PreCheck, a TSA pilot program that speeds travelers through the screening process at four airports (Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, and Dallas–Ft. Worth), with more to come in the near future. For now, you have to be a member of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program or a specially selected Delta or American frequent flier to participate. If you’re one of the fortunate few, what privileges await? You can wear your shoes, belt, and lightweight outerwear, and keep your laptop and liquids in your carry-on.

T+L Tip: It’s a big step forward, but even qualified travelers may be redirected to a regular security line to keep terrorists on their toes. The random nature of the process won’t win any raves from road warriors.

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