Here’s your travel tip for this week: Enjoying the benefits of TSA Pre✓™ just got a little easier with the rollout of the new application process.
Starting tomorrow (Dec. 4), interested travelers may enroll directly into TSA Pre✓™ for expedited screening benefits. Travelers may visit an application center to provide biographic information (name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints and valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation. Applicants also have the option to apply online to provide basic information and make an appointment before visiting an enrollment center.
Applicants will be able to check their status online within five days and written responses will take approximately two-three weeks.
TSA’s first enrollment center is located on the public side of the Indianapolis International Airport (IND).
TSA plans to open additional enrollment centers in the New York City area, Washington, D.C. metro area and Los Angeles area by the end of the year. By spring of 2014, TSA plans to open more than 300 enrollment centers.
TSA Pre✓™ is a prescreening initiative that allows travelers to volunteer information about themselves prior to traveling, allowing expedited checkpoint screening at participating airports. We recently expanded TSA Pre✓™ to more than 100 airports nationwide when flying on the nine participating airlines.
Eligible participants use dedicated TSA Pre✓™ lanes at participating airports for screening benefits which could include no longer removing the following items:
- 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
- Laptop from bag
- Light outerwear/jacket
Did you know?
- The $85 fee covers a five-year period.
- A U.S. passport is not required to enroll, only proof of U.S. is citizenship needed.
- Children 12 and under can travel with you through the TSA Pre✓™ lane.
Please visit TSA.gov to make an appointment at an enrollment center and to start the “pre-enrollment” process.
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