Temporary TSA Pre✓® application center to open for appointments in Penn Station

Local Press Release
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NEW YORK   Residents of New York City will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA Pre✓® application program at the United Airlines ticket office located in Penn Station from May 1 - 19, where officials are hosting a temporary TSA Pre✓® application enter. 

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 keep on items such as their shoes, light outerwear and belts at the checkpoint. They can also 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. More than 180 airports are participated in TSA Pre✓® nationwide and 30 airlines participate in the program  

How to apply

  1. Make an appointment online and pre-apply here. It typically takes less than 10 minutes to pre-apply.
  2. To make an appointment, applicants should type in the location “New York, NY” and click on the search button to select the enrollment site for 4 Penn Plaza. Applicants can select an appointment time using the drop down menu to choose a date and time. The drop-down menu will show the first open time available, but individuals can choose a different date and/or time using that drop-down menu.
  3. Visit the temporary at the appointment time or as a walk-in at the application center which will be located at the United Airlines ticket office.

Temporary TSA Pre® application center hours

  • Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.   

Individuals should enter on 7th Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets, go down the stairs, and at Auntie Annes Pretzel shop, make a slight left. The GNC shop is next to United Airlines ticket office.

Required documentation and fees

Applicants must bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status. To view this list, you can visit the Universal Enroll website at Universal ENROLL for a list of required documents to prove identity and citizenship.

The application fee is $85 and is good for a five years. It must 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. The submission of fingerprints is also required during the in-person enrollment session.

Once enrolled in TSA Pre®

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.

To get additional information about TSA Pre✓®, visit the frequently asked questions page on the TSA web site.