TSA to offer Pre-Check to everyone

TSA PrecheckTSA’s popular Pre-Check program, allowing approved flyers to utilize special lines, keep shoes, belts and light jackets on, and laptops in cases, has only been available to members of certain frequent flyer programs.

Later this year, however, the program will be offered to all flyers. Fill out a form online, or visit one of their enrollment centers, show some ID, give your fingerprints, pay an $85 fee, and you too can speed up your time at the checkpoints.

Twelve million are currently enrolled and the TSA expects 3 million more by the end of the year.

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3 Responses to TSA to offer Pre-Check to everyone

  1. MSfromtheOC says:

    Quick question, do you know if those that hold a “Global Entry” card will be able to take advantage of the pre-check program?

  2. Frank@OBOW says:

    This should answer your question:

    Current members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS programs are already eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓™ if they are flying on Alaska, American, Delta, United, US Airways and Virgin America at a participating airport. Those passengers need to place their PASS ID in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field while booking their reservation. Interested passengers who are not eligible through their airline and are not already a member of a CBP Trusted Traveler program may still be able to opt-in to TSA Pre✓™ by applying for one of the CBP Trusted Traveler programs. To learn more visit: globalentry.gov.

    Of course, once it’s open to everyone you won’t have to be flying on any of the above airlines.

  3. Maggie says:

    The pre-check for $85 lasts for 5 years – or $17 a year. Seems quite reasonable.