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TSA Making It (A Bit) Easier To Enroll In Expedited Security Screening Program

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precheckWe’ve been writing for quite some time about the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck (or as the TSA obnoxiously insists on writing, “Pre✓™”) program, which allows vetted travelers to go through an airport security screening process. To enroll, consumers need to be a member of certain airlines’ frequent flier programs or already part of other trusted-traveler services, but starting this fall, the TSA will open up online enrollment in PreCheck… with one major catch.

The TSA announced today that travelers will soon be able to go online and begin the process, which charges a fee of $85 for a five-year membership in the program, but in order to finish up, they will need to visit certain airports in order to provide fingerprints and show their ID.

Unfortunately, that list of airports is going to be small at first. Though PreCheck screening is currently available at 40 airports in the U.S., only Washington Dulles and Indianapolis International are initially going to offer the in-person portion of the expanded PreCheck enrollment process. The agency says it plans on adding more airport enrollment sites, but doesn’t give a time frame or indicate which airports might be considered.

“This initiative will increase the number of U.S. citizens eligible to receive expedited screening, through TSA Pre✓™,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole, though we assume he actually pronounced it “PreCheck” and did not say “Pre [clicking sound] TM.”

For those unfamiliar with PreCheck, members don’t have to remove their shoes or belts, and might even get to keep things like sweatshirts and blazers on. They also don’t have to take laptops out of their bags.

That said, TSA reminds PreCheck members that they, like all travelers, are still subject to random standard screenings, ya know… just to keep everyone honest. Also, if an airport doesn’t have a dedicated PreCheck lane, members get to go through the whole drawn-out process with the rest of us.


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eviljim
1165 days ago
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GOES, Nexus, and Global Entry members all automatically qualify for PreCheck without doing anything extra (just enter your known traveler ID when booking.)

Which more or less makes this not that big of a deal... you can already sign up for Global Entry at both those airports (and more) so... you've been able to do what this offers for quite some time (though global entry is $100, so slightly more than just precheck).
New York, NY
cinebot
1165 days ago
i never had to enter in my nexus/GOES travel id when i book tickets...so where would i book this, or do i just flash my card. or i guess i would have to go to the website, and get my precheck card?
eviljim
1165 days ago
Sounds like you found it, but anyway: here's a PDF that says how to locate your known traveler ID on your membership card: http://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/assets/pdf/how_to_use_a_cbp_trusted_traveler_pass_id_to_access_tpc.pdf -- note you don't have to bring your card or anything special, you just have to enter the number when you book the ticket.
cinebot
1165 days ago
thanks for digging that up for me because i was too lazy to do so. however, i do not qualify because i am holding a canadian passport. it's a bit annoying that although i am a GOES/Nexus/Global Entry, i am not eligible for TSA's precheck program. i might ask them next time to see if my GOES/Nexus/Global Entry will override my Canadian status. Thanks!
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cinebot
1166 days ago
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"For those unfamiliar with PreCheck, members don’t have to remove their shoes or belts, and might even get to keep things like sweatshirts and blazers on. They also don’t have to take laptops out of their bags."

more ways to gauge $$? they already rolled out "goes"/nexus program, so why add this level of bs? why can't pre-approved goes/nexus travelers just flash their card/passport to be TSA approved?
toronto.
cinebot
1165 days ago
my bad "GOES, Nexus, and Global Entry members all automatically qualify for PreCheck without doing anything extra (just enter your known traveler ID when booking.) Which more or less makes this not that big of a deal... you can already sign up for Global Entry at both those airports (and more) so... you've been able to do what this offers for quite some time (though global entry is $100, so slightly more than just precheck)."