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Elite Travelers Skip the Airport Security Line -- for a Price

  • Fairness of line-skippers questioned by some critics
  • Long TSA lines forecast for peak summer travel months
Security screening lines at the south end of Denver International Airport.
Photographer: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The next time you’re stuck in a long security line, consider this: At most U.S. airports it’s possible to buy your way out of the wait.

All major domestic airlines and some smaller carriers offer programs that allow people to skirt lines leading to the taxpayer-funded Transportation Security Administration checkpoints even if they don’t qualify for the government’s expedited security program.