OAKLAND, Calif. – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that East Bay residents will have the opportunity to go to Oakland International Airport (OAK) to enroll in the popular TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program starting Monday, Feb. 26.
A TSA Pre✓® application center will be open weekdays for two weeks starting Monday, Feb. 26 through Friday, March 9. The center, which will be open from 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 5 p.m., will be located in OAK’s Terminal 2 Ticketing Lobby, room 1029. The airport is located at 1 Airport Drive in Oakland.
TSA Pre✓® allows Trusted Travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt during the security screening process. They can also leave their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in their carry-on bag. Travelers who want to enjoy the benefits of TSA Pre✓® on a consistent basis are encouraged to enroll in the program.
“TSA Pre✓® enrollment is coming to the East Bay’s airport, so don’t miss this opportunity to enroll in a program that streamlines the security screening process for Trusted Travelers,” said David Von Damm, TSA federal security director at OAK. “Act now to make an appointment so you can use the dedicated TSA Pre✓® lane the next time you fly out of Oakland.”
“OAK is seeing its highest number of passengers in 10 years, and will likely set a new record for passenger traffic next year. With so many new destinations domestically and abroad, it is great timing to bring the TSA Pre✓® application center back to Oakland,” said Bryant L. Francis, director of aviation at the Port of Oakland, which operates Oakland International Airport. “We regularly hear from our customers about how much they appreciate the convenience of flying OAK, and expedited screening helps make Oakland an even easier choice.”
The process to enroll begins online by visiting tsa.gov. Click on the words “Start Application Now” to make an appointment anytime between Feb. 26 and March 9 and select “Oakland International Airport” as the enrollment center location.
You will need to complete the application process in-person at the on-airport TSA Pre✓® application center. Applicants must bring a current U.S. passport or a driver’s license and certified copy of a birth certificate, and fingerprints will be collected during the in-person session.
The application fee is $85 and Trusted Traveler status 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. Walk-ins are permitted and will be accommodated around scheduled appointments.
Once approved, individuals will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) making them eligible to utilize TSA Pre✓® lanes on a consistent basis at security checkpoints at airports nationwide. Children 12 and under are permitted to use the TSA Pre✓® lane when traveling with a TSA Pre✓®- eligible parent or guardian.
Forty-seven airlines participate in TSA Pre✓® and travelers departing a U.S. airport flying on any of those airlines are eligible for expedited screening. As always, TSA continues to incorporate random and unpredictable security measures both seen and unseen throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened, and no individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.
For more information on the Department of Homeland Security’s four Trusted Traveler programs – including Global Entry and NEXUS– all of which provide TSA Pre✓® eligibility, and to find the program that best suits your travel needs, visit an interactive, web-based tool at dhs.gov.