Most of us have seen recent news accounts of people waiting in long lines to pass through airport security. Many times, the news anchor then mentioned how TSA Precheck can save passengers time as they pass through the security lines. This blog article explains how TSA Precheck works and how you can sign up.TSA Precheck is an expedited security screening program from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program may receive expedited screening at one of the more than 160 nationwide airports that participate in the program. Sixteen airlines participate in the program: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, Virgin America, and WestJet.
The TSA Precheck application program is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and lawful permanent residents. You may apply online at https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply or you may complete the entire process in person at an application center. You may schedule an appointment online or by calling (855) 347-8371 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. When you visit an application center, you must provide required documentation, be fingerprinted, and pay a non-refundable $85 fee valid for five years with a credit card, money order, company check or certified/cashier’s check. Bring your current U.S. passport or a driver’s license and birth certificate as documentation. You can check your status online at any time.
Once you are approved for the TSA Precheck program, you will be given a known traveler number (KTN) to use when making flight reservations. Participating airlines will print an indicator on your boarding pass that allows you to use the Precheck lane at the airport. When you arrive at the airport and check your bags, if any, look for signs for the Precheck lane. There is no need to remove shoes, belts, light jackets, laptops, and your 3-1-1 liquids, so the line moves more quickly.
If you wish to learn more about TSA Precheck, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck or call ATS at 301-662-8080.
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