TSA opens new PreCheck application centers

June 26, 2014 |

The Transportation Security Administration announced it recently opened three new PreCheck application centers at Orlando International Airport, Lamber-St. Louis International Airport and Tampa International Airport.

“Enhancing our customer’s overall travel experience is one of our main priorities at Orlando International Airport,” Phil Brown, executive director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, said at the opening of the application center. “With the opening of the newest TSA PreCheck application center inside the main terminal building, we’re hopeful our passengers will benefit from this expedited security process and help us meet that goal.”

TSA is currently working to increase the number of application centers across the country to a total of 300.

TSA PreCheck
In order to enroll in PreCheck, travelers must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. When visiting an application center, you’ll be required to provide biographic information such as your name, date of birth and address as well as fingerprints, valid required identity and citizenship or immigration documents and an application fee of $85. Once enrolled in PreCheck, your membership is good for five years.

“This new application process will greatly increase the availability of TSA PreCheck benefits to a broader population of travelers nationwide,” TSA administrator John S. Pistole said in a statement regarding the application center opening at Tampa International Airport. “TSA PreCheck is enabling us to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security, as we look for more opportunities to provide the most effective security in the most efficient way.”

The expedited screening program permits enrolled travelers to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belts on while moving through security. These passengers are also allowed to keep laptops in cases and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids and gels in a carry-on bag.

Typically, frequent fliers, including those who are often on business travel, are enrolled in PreCheck to help them move more quickly through security and get to their flight in a timely manner.

What to know about PreCheck
Once you’re approved for the PreCheck program, you’ll be issued a known traveler number (KTN). The KTN must be listed on your frequent flyer profile, which you’ll have through one of the airlines participating in PreCheck.

Your profile makes the booking process easier, quicker and more efficient as the KTN will automatically fill in personal and billing information when purchasing future flights. However, TSA wants you to keep in mind that if you booked flights before receiving a KTN, then you’ll have to contact the airline directly to have it added to those trips.

If at any time you’re in doubt about whether or not your KTN was added to the reservation, TSA suggests contact the carrier directly to verify or make any necessary corrections.