TSA Pre✓™ (Pre Check) Program
Good news for travelers! If you are a frequent flyer on any of the following nine airlines, you may be eligible for the TSA Pre Check Program, which allows you a much faster security screening and a lot less hassle:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- US Airways
- Virgin America
To start taking advantage of this unique program, you must submit an application along with a non-refundable $85.00 fee and certain documents confirming your identity. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent U.S. resident who has not been convicted of any of the crimes specified on the eligibility requirements. If approved, you will receive a Known Traveler Number, or KTN, which you can then use whenever you book a flight reservation. If you belong to a frequent flyer program for any of the participating airlines, you may enter the KTN into the designated field so it can be saved there for future use. The KTN is valid for five years.
Your boarding pass will indicate that you are a Pre Check qualified traveler and you may go directly to the Pre Check line. Some airports, however, do not yet have such a line, in which case you would proceed through normal security. Currently, over one hundred airports are participating in the Pre Check program.
The perks of this program is that it allows you to bypass some of the lengthy screening procedures. For example, you will not have to take off your shoes, belt, jewelry, sweatshirt or light jacket. You will also be allowed to keep your laptop and liquids in your bag while other travelers have to spend valuable extra minutes extracting those items from their bags and then putting them all back in.
Business travelers are ideal candidates for the TSA Pre Check Program because they tend to take more frequent trips. Participating in the Pre Check Program allows them to be more confident that they will make their flight on time. It also allows them to more efficiently use the time they would otherwise be spending on taking off and then putting back on various items of clothing and accessories. Over time, businessmen and women who travel often for work can end up saving hours of screening time with the Pre Check Program. It will make for a much more pleasant travel experience.
Keep in mind, however, that Pre Check availability and hours of operation may vary based on flight schedules or other factors affecting airline procedures. Always check ahead of time so that you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.
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