SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With the upcoming summer travel season expected to be the busiest on record, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is strongly encouraging local residents to apply to the popular TSA Pre✓® Trusted Traveler screening program. Applications will be accepted at Sioux Falls Regional Airport from April 30 to May 4, 2018.
The TSA Pre✓® application center will be located in the main floor conference room of the airport. It opens Monday, April 30 and will remain open through Friday, May 4. The hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Sioux Falls Regional Airport is located at 2801 N. Jaycee Lane.
TSA Pre✓® allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and travel-size liquids and gels in their carry-on bag during the security checkpoint screening process. Travelers who want to enjoy the benefits of TSA Pre✓® on a consistent basis are encouraged to apply to the program.
“With the summer travel season just weeks away, don’t miss this opportunity to enroll in TSA Pre✓® right at the airport,” said Mark Heisey, TSA federal security director for South Dakota. “Once enrolled, trusted travelers can use any TSA Pre✓® lane at any airport across the country. Whether you travel for business, leisure or both, you will find the TSA Pre✓® security checkpoint experience to be efficient and quick.”
Interested individuals should make an appointment now by going online to tsa.gov/precheck. Click on the words “Start Application Now” to begin the application process. Select “Sioux Falls Regional Airport” as the enrollment center location.
You will need to complete the application process in-person at the airport during the week of April 30. 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, visit dhs.gov/trusted-traveler-programs. Any of DHS’s Trusted Traveler programs include TSA Pre✓® benefits.