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Security at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is about to get a lot easier for frequent flyers. That's because the airport launched a preferred traveler program Wednesday.

Starting now, people who travel frequently can sign up for the program online, and get to the front of security lines. And because it's a TSA sponsored program, travelers can use it at other major hubs across the country.

"They will receive something called a smart card with all their biometrics. When they come to the airport, they will swipe their smart card, go through security and get directly on the plane," said Billy Broomfield, President of Vigilant Solutions MS.

"You know our motto is 'We make flying easier.' And obviously the preferred travelers program means you can get through security much faster, and be on your way. It also means that you're also able to link up with other airports in the country that have a similar program. So when you're returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, you don't have to show up 2 1/2 hours in advance at a major airport. You can go into the special line that's going to be allocated for preferred traveler type programs and be on your way," said Frank Genzer, Chairman of the Airport Authority.

Gulfport-Biloxi International is the first in the state to offer the program. There is a fee to participate, and you must go through an extensive background check. Click here to learn more about the program.

Flyers can also apply by visiting the Preferred Traveler Program office on the second floor of the airport. It takes between 7 and 10 days to receive your Smart Card.

by Meggan Grey

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