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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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Here’s your travel tip for this week: Enjoying the benefits of TSA Pre✓® just got a little easier with the rollout of the new application process.

Starting tomorrow (Dec. 4), interested travelers may enroll directly into TSA Pre✓® for expedited screening benefits. Travelers may visit anapplication center to provide biographic information (name, date of birth, address, etc.), fingerprints and valid required identity and citizenship/immigration documentation. Applicants also have the option to apply online to provide basic information and make an appointment before visiting an enrollment center.

Applicants will be able to check their status online within five days and written responses will take approximately two-three weeks.

TSA’s first enrollment center is located on the public side of the Indianapolis International Airport (IND).

TSA plans to open additional enrollment centers in the New York City area, Washington, D.C. metro area and Los Angeles area by the end of the year. By spring of 2014, TSA plans to open more than 300 enrollment centers.

TSA Pre✓® is a prescreening initiative that allows travelers to volunteer information about themselves prior to traveling, allowing expedited checkpoint screening at participating airports. We recently expanded TSA Pre✓® to more than 100 airports nationwide when flying on the nine participating airlines.

Eligible participants use dedicated TSA Pre✓® lanes at participating airports for screening benefits which could include no longer removing the following items:

  • Shoes
  • 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on
  • Laptop from bag
  • Light outerwear/jacket
  • Belt

Did you know?

  • The $85 fee covers a five-year period.
  • A U.S. passport is not required to enroll, only proof of U.S. is citizenship needed.
  • Children 12 and under can travel with you through the TSA Pre✓® lane.

Please visit to make an appointment at an enrollment center and to start the “pre-enrollment” process.

See you next Tuesday with more travel tips.

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Submitted by NyGreggUSA on

Wouldn't it make sense to list the locations of the new
application and enrollment centers? Also, the web page listing participating airlines and their corresponding airports needs to be updated.

Submitted by Janet on

Will there be updates for whn the LAX is set up for this service? Sounds excellent and looking forward to it.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Selling back our rights and forcing flyers to submit to an unnecessary background check and fingerprinting for the chance to be slightly less assaulted at a US airport?

I shake my head at the people who think they should be grateful for the TSA's hubris.

The TSA shouldn't be assaulting anyone who just wants to get on a plane.

No one should have to submit to FBI fingerprinting and a background check to get on a plane.

The TSA's "precheck" scam is simply grotesque.

Submitted by Anonymous on

What part of the Constitution allows the Federal Government to conduct background checks on citizens whose only “crime” is the purchase of transportation services from a private carrier (airline)?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why is this not the default level of screening for all passengers?

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Pure extortion to be guaranteed nothing.

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Submitted by Adrian on

Why does TSA continue to expand this program? There is nothing in a PreCheck background check that can give a statistically significant indicator that someone is more or less of a threat to an aircraft. This is about security theater, increasing government control, and surveillance. It must be stopped.

Submitted by RB on

Why is there a fee for less screening?

What public law authorizes TSA to collect public monies beyond airport security fees collected by the airlines?

Pre Check should be the level of screening everyone gets escalating only if cause is shown.

Submitted by RB on

Why no article about the GAO report demonstrating how ineffective the TSA BDO program is?

Afraid of the truth?

Submitted by Bubba on

Everyone should be screened with their shoes on and using metal detectors, not just those who pay US$ 85.

Submitted by RB on

Guess the best way to control discussion is to just not have any. This so-called blog is just a propaganda outlet.

Submitted by Stephen Blunden on

If someone has a current TWIC (background check done, prints on file etc.) does it simplify the precheck enrollment process?

Thanks, Steve.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Maybe, just maybe, the TSA could consider saving a few million dollars a year by combining the PRE Enrollment Centers and the TWIC Enrollment Centers so that both programs operate out of the same offices, utilize the same background checks, etc, ad nauseum?

Caveat: I pay the "TSA TWIC/USCG MMC" Employment Tax. I've used it once, at an airport, just to see if the document checker actually knew what is was. Of course he didn't. And he had no idea what a CAC card was. Nor a MMC. Nor a diplomatic passport.

Submitted by John on

So we have to pay $85 to not be treated like a criminal?

Submitted by Anonymous on

While the program is very good, there is some security tightening that needs to be done. TSA-Pre checks should include DNA samples. DHS is already securing some, but so many people travel by air, it makes sense to tie TSA-Pre to that program. The costs of this could be tacked on to the modest fee that currently prevails. TSA-Pre should be mandatory and pay for itself. Anyone that applies and fails to get enrolled should be turned over to law enforcement for further investigation.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

"John said...
So we have to pay $85 to not be treated like a criminal?"


You have to pay the $85 to *maybe* not be treated like a criminal. The PreCheck thing isn't in all airports and isn't available all the time.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Please provide research that shows how one's frequent flyer status and willingness to pay $85 are linked to the risk that one is a terrorist.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"While the program is very good, there is some security tightening that needs to be done. TSA-Pre checks should include DNA samples."

Have you ever heard of the Fourth Amendment? And how in the world would DNA indicate that someone is a terrorist?

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...
"While the program is very good, there is some security tightening that needs to be done. TSA-Pre checks should include DNA samples."

Have you ever heard of the Fourth Amendment? And how in the world would DNA indicate that someone is a terrorist?

December 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Fourth Amendement? You mean the amendment that TSA violates 1.6 million times each day?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Love the hilarious joke by the December 8 Anonymous (TSA employee?). Anyone who "fails" a random background check of private company databases should be turned over to law enforcement? ROTF! You really don't know what your employer does, Screener Anonymous!

Submitted by Anonymous on

I have a TSA Pre-Check number. Doesn't do much good when the airline I often fly doesn't support putting it on my boarding pass. Why can't TSA issue a Pre-Check card, similar to the CLEAR card, so that a passenger can use it no matter what airline they use ?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Please have an easily accessible list of current application centers on the website-like on home page for TSA-PRE.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military being included in pre-check, but not retired military or holders of current DoD or LE background investigations. Citizenship and background investigations are not required to be active duty in the military, so if it is really about safety, then why are potentially unscreened non-citizens allowed through? sounds like it is just pandering to an admirable group to get PR, not adjusting the rules to ease screening on those who present a lower likelihood of threat.