Last month, in an article about whizzing through the airport, we included a bullet about the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program which enables select frequent flyers to receive expedited screening benefits such as keeping on your shoes, outerwear and belts when going through security, as well as leaving laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on bags.
At the time of our article, over a dozen airports had TSA PreCheck lanes available to eligible passengers traveling with one of five different airlines. Now it seems this number has grown to 40 airports nationwide, with participation from seven domestic airlines: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.
More importantly, as of last week, TSA announced that it will open up eligibility for all air travel passengers – and not just loyal frequent flyers – via a TSA PreCheck application process. For just $85, U.S. citizens will be able to take advantage of expedited screening (without a passport) if they complete an online application and then verify their identity and provide fingerprints at a TSA PreCheck enrollment center.
The new service will be available later this fall at Washington Dulles International Airport and Indianapolis International Airport, with additional enrollment sites to be added later. Successful applicants will receive a ‘Known Traveler Number’ that they can then use for travel bookings over a five year period (after which they will need to re-apply).
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