Thursday, March 26, 2015

TSA Pre✓® application program at 1 million and rising: Impact for those without a Known Traveler Number

TSA Precheck. Be there at your best. (Female hiker in mountains)
Earlier this week, TSA announced that over 1 million travelers have enrolled in the TSA Pre✓® application program, and more than 3.6 million travelers are eligible for TSA Pre✓® expedited screening by participating in one of three trusted traveler programs offered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI.  These travelers have received a “Known Traveler Number” and now have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓® lanes when flying on 11 participating carriers; members of CBP programs utilize their “PASSID” as their Known Traveler Number.

Additionally, members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, are also eligible for TSA Pre✓®: they utilize their Department of Defense identification number as their KTN. 

What changes are on the horizon for travelers?

Have a KTN
If you are one of the individuals listed above, who has a KTN, you are all set for expedited screening. Just follow these helpful tips to ensure your KTN is listed in your reservation in order to utilize TSA Pre✓® at 133 airports nationwide.

Travelers without a KTN 

As more and more travelers obtain KTNs, soon, travelers without a Known Traveler Number or KTN, including those who previously “opted-in” via a frequent flyer program, will notice a reduction in the frequency in which they are chosen for TSA Pre✓®. If you want to keep receiving TSA Pre✓® on a consistent/reliable basis for the next five years, you are encouraged to enroll in one of the four trusted traveler programs offered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

To learn more about these programs, and to view a comparison chart of the benefits, visit

As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures both seen and unseen throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.  

Ross Feinstein, TSA Press Secretary

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