ARLINGTON, Va. – Local residents who plan to fly out of Washington Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this summer and are interested in simplifying their trip through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints can apply for the popular TSA Pre✓® program at several locations in the D.C. area.
This is predicted to be the busiest air travel year the airline industry has seen 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 Dulles and Reagan National Airports are open daily at different times of the day, depending on passenger counts in the various concourses.
At Dulles, TSA Pre✓® is available at the check-in level in the center of the terminal from 4:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
At Reagan National Airport, a TSA Pre✓® lane is available in Terminal A serving gates 1 to 9 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.; in Terminal B’s South Pier, which serves gates 10 to 22 from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; in the Center Pier, serving gates 23 to 34 from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and in the Terminal C North Pier, which serves gates 35 to 45 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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 the Washington, D.C., region because about 160 airports have dedicated TSA Pre✓® lanes to expedite passengers through busy checkpoints.
Travelers can make an appointment online at tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply and complete their enrollment in-person or as a walk-in at any of three nearby TSA Pre✓® application centers--two located in Baltimore and one in Columbia.
There are four conveniently located TSA Pre✓® enrollment centers in the area at the following locations:
Inside Reagan National Airport on the lower level of Terminal C next to Baggage Claim carousels 6 and 7, open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon. The airport address is 1 Aviation Circle.
In the Alexandria Commons Shopping Center at 3139 Duke Street, Alexandria, Va. The office is located on the lower level of the shopping center and is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.
Downtown Washington, DC, at 1701 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C., in the building’s lower level. This enrollment center is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 2 to 7 p.m.
Inside Dulles Airport on the departures/ticketing level behind the United ticketing counter. It is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The airport is located at 1 Saarinen Circle, Sterling, Va.
This application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enroll directly in TSA Pre✓®. About 160 airports are participating in TSA Pre✓® nationwide and 16 airlines participate in the program including Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, Virgin America and WestJet.
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 also are required during the in-person enrollment session.
Enrollees will need to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status.
After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail within a few weeks that is valid for five years. The enrollee 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.