Temporary TSA Pre✓® application center open for appointments inside United Airlines ticketing office at New York Penn Station

Local Press Release
Thursday, January 9, 2020

NEW YORK – Individuals passing through New York Penn Station will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA Pre✓® application program inside the United Airlines ticketing office from Jan. 13 to Feb. 21, where officials will host a temporary TSA Pre✓® enrollment center. 

TSA is partnering with United Airlines to host this “pop-up” enrollment center to provide a convenient location to enroll in the TSA Pre✓® program.

United Explorer Cardmembers receive a statement credit of $85 that covers the TSA Pre✓® application fee when purchased with their card. For more information, visit https://www.theexplorercard.com/rewards-cards.

United MileagePlus® members who are first-time applicants of TSA Pre✓® may also use 10,000 miles for a payment code that covers the TSA Pre✓® application fee. The application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enroll directly in TSA Pre✓® - an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, 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 200 airports participate in TSA Pre✓® nationwide and about 70 airlines participate in the program.

Travelers need only to make an appointment online (appointments are being taken now) and complete their enrollment in-person or as a walk-in at the application center. Appointments will be available from Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. inside the United Airlines ticketing office located on the main concourse (Amtrak waiting room level) of Penn Station closest to the 7th Avenue entrance, (next to the GNC store). The center can also accommodate “walk-ins.”

To participate in this enrollment opportunity, travelers should make an appointment online and pre-enroll by clicking here. It typically only takes 10 minutes to pre-enroll. After completing the pre-enrollment steps, applicants click on the search button to select the enrollment site for New York, NY, and click on the search button to select the enrollment site for United Airlines-Penn Station. 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 available time available, but individuals can choose a different date and/or time using that drop-down menu.

Applicants must bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status. Visit the Universal Enroll website for a list of required documents to prove identity and citizenship.

The application fee is $85 and is good for 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. Fingerprints also are required during the in-person enrollment session.

After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail within a couple 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 learn more about TSA Pre✓® visit the TSA Pre✓®  page or the TSA Pre✓®  Frequently Asked Questions page. 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, visit DHS.gov. To find the program that best suits your travel needs, visit the DHS trusted traveler page