BALTIMORE, Md. – Local residents who plan to fly out of Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport this summer and are interested in simplifying their trip through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, can apply for the popular TSA Pre✓® program at several locations in the Baltimore area.
This is predicted to be one of the busiest air travel summers the airline industry has seen in a very long time and with more people flying, lines are expected to grow at TSA checkpoints. Travelers who are enrolled in TSA Pre✓® or one of the other “trusted traveler” programs such as Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS are permitted to keep on their shoes, belts and light outerwear jacket and can leave their laptops and liquid 3-1-1 bags inside their carry-on bags when they go through the checkpoint.
The TSA Pre✓® lanes at BWI Airport are open daily at different times of the day, depending on passenger counts in the various concourses. A TSA Pre✓® lane is open from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Concourse B; during peak periods only in Concourse C; and from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Concourse D. The remainder of the day, TSA Pre✓® enrollees will still receive the benefit of expedited screening; being permitted to leave on their shoes, belts, headwear, and light outer jackets through the checkpoint. TSA Pre✓® is just as valuable for the flight back home to Baltimore, because about 160 airports have dedicated TSA Pre✓® lanes to expedite passengers through busy checkpoints.
Travelers can make an appointment online at tsa.gov and complete their application in-person or as a walk-in at any of the three nearby TSA Pre✓® application centers--two located in Baltimore and one in Columbia.
The TSA Pre✓® application center at the Point Breeze Business Center, 2200 Broening Highway, Suite 110, is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The other Baltimore-based TSA Pre✓® application center is located at 3817 Eastern Ave. and is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. The other TSA Pre✓® application center in the region is located at 10015 Old Columbia Road, Suite B81, in Columbia and is located in Building B. The hours there are Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to apply directly to TSA Pre✓® – an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select TSA airport checkpoint screening lanes. About 160 airports are participating in TSA Pre✓® nationwide and 12 airlines participate in the program including Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, WestJet, Virgin America and Air Canada.
The application fee is $85 and is good for five years. It can be paid at the time of your appointment by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Fingerprints are required during the in-person application session and applicants are also required to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status.
After completing the application process, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail within a few weeks that is valid for five years. The applicant should enter the provided KTN in the “Known Traveler Number” field when booking airline reservations. The KTN also can be added when booking reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making reservations. Additionally, the KTN can be entered in participating airline frequent flyer profiles, where it will be stored for future reservations.