AVOCA, Pa. – Demand for travelers interested in enrolling in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) TSA Pre✓® program has been so strong that a temporary application center will be stood up at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Monday in addition to the several permanent application centers already open in the region.
The TSA Pre✓® temporary application center will be open Jan. 23 – 27. Monday - Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be located at the Barry J. Centini Conference Room.
It’s been one of the busiest years the airline industry has seen and with more people flying, airports and TSA checkpoints will be more crowded than in previous years. 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.
Travelers can make an appointment for TSA Pre✓® enrollment online at tsa.gov and then complete their application in-person at the TSA Pre✓® application center of their choice. 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. Applicants will need to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status, and fingerprints are collected during the in-person enrollment session.
After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail within a few days 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.
More than 180 airports are participating in TSA Pre✓® nationwide and so far 19 airlines participate in the program including Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Lufthansa, OneJet, Seaborne Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America, and WestJet.