Starting Tuesday, some passengers flying out of SFO will get fast security screenings -- with their shoes on -- on their way to international flights.

Previously, the government's expedited screening program applied only to domestic travel.

The Transportation Security Administration said passengers flying internationally from 40 U.S. airports -- including San Franciso International Airport -- may be eligible to receive the expedited screening if they are enrolled in the TSA's PreCheck program.

The program is open to U.S. citizens enrolled in some airline elite frequent-flier programs who are willing to share information about themselves with the government.

Those approved travelers are allowed to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case, and keep small amounts of liquids and gels in their carry-on bags.

Airlines participating in the expedited international screening include Alaska, American, Delta, United and US Airways. The new policy will apply to "select" flights, the TSA said in a press release.

Contact Linda Zavoral at travel@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/buh_byeTravel.



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