U.S. airport security is one of the most frustrating points you will encounter during a day of travel. Get to the airport late? The long, painfully slow and un-organized TSA security checkpoint will probably have you missing your flight. Being enrolled in the TSA PreCheck program would most likely allow you to get through security fast enough to try and run to your gate in time.
What is TSA PreCheck?
TSA PreCheck is a program that allows low-risk frequent flyers to experience an expedited security experience. To be considered a low-risk traveler a background check is done at one of 300 available enrollment centers. After you have passed the background check you will have shorter lines and fewer hurdles to jump when going through security checkpoints.
→You get through security faster, why not?!
→Since the travellers in the TSA PreCheck line are FREQUENT FLYERS, they know what to do and are efficient.
→You get to keep on your shoes, belt and light jacket.
→No longer do you have to pull your carry-on apart, leave your 3-1-1 compliant bag and laptop in your carry-on.
→The line is shorter since a majority of travelers do not have TSA PreCheck clearance.
→if you already have Known Traveller Number (KTN) from global entry , NEXUS or SENTRI you do not need to apply for TSA PreCheck, just use your existing KTN when booking travel.
→Cost $85 to apply
→before getting started and spending $85, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.
→pre enroll online and set an appointment at an enrollment center
→pre-enroll using this website.
→after completing the form you can continue on and choose a location and appointment date/time.
→you can also find an enrollment center using this website.
→at the appointment you will provide biographic information and be fingerprinted.
→you must bring valid identification, like your passport.
→it takes 2-3 weeks to get your application results in the mail.
→you can also check the status of your application online
→Once accepted you are given a Known Traveler Number (KTN)
→This is good for five years.