TSA Pre-Check (TSA Pre™)
TSA Pre® Security lines in the airport are often the most frustrating part of flying. Almost everyone who flies has experienced backups at security checkpoints, along with hundreds of other impatient travelers. Once you reach the front of the line, you must remove your liquids and laptop, and take off your shoes, coat and heavy jewelry among other things. This process, while necessary for the security of our nation, puts a damper on travel. However, there are options for those looking to get through the TSA screening process more quickly. TSA Pre® is an expedited security screening program for those passengers who are considered low risk. Those who qualify will receive expedited screening which allows them to keep their laptops and liquids inside their carry ons as well as not having to remove shoes or coats. If you are eligible, you will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) that you will use when making your flight reservations. Most US carriers, as well as a few international airlines, participate in the program. Your boarding pass will have TSA PRECHECK printed on it, and you’ll be able to use the TSA Pre® lanes at the airport. To apply for the program, visit https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply . You’ll fill out the application on line, make an appointment at an enrollment center to provide your biometric information, show your valid identification documents and pay the nonrefundable, $85 enrollment fee. This fee is valid for 5 years and is assessed to cover the costs of the background check, security threat analysis and other associated costs. The average turnaround time is 2-3 weeks, based on time of year and how many travelers apply You will be notified by email or regular mail after the background check is complete, and you’ll receive your KTN. Keep in mind that although TSA PRECHECK may appear on your boarding pass, the expedited screening lines are not available at every airport and they may not be open at the time of your flight. TSA Pre® is for individuals so if you’re traveling with others, unless they all have TSA Pre®, they will not be able to join you in the expedited screening line. (If you’re traveling with a child aged 12 and under, they can go with you through the Pre Check line. Those over age 13 must go through the regular lanes, or apply for Pre Check in their own right.) For additional information, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/faq .