SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) now participates in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck® program, which allows eligible travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case, and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag during the screening process.
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport uses a single checkpoint screening lane for all passengers. Passengers with TSA PreCheck queue separately, and the Transportation Security Officer checking documents manages the separate lines. The program became active at the Springfield airport on July 1.
“TSA PreCheck is a signature program of the agency designed for passengers who are low-risk, Trusted Travelers,” TSA Illinois Federal Security Director Dereck Starks said. “By providing these individuals a streamlined trip through the security checkpoint, TSA officers can focus their resources on passengers who may pose a higher or unknown security risk.”
TSA PreCheck is more valuable than ever during the pandemic because it reduces touchpoints. As people make plans to begin traveling by air again, this is an ideal time to enroll in the program. More than 200 airports participate in TSA PreCheck nationwide, and more than 70 airlines participate in the program. The three airlines that fly out of SPI – United, American, and Allegiant – all participate.
“This is a welcome amenity that many travelers come to expect. We are certain that our PreCheck passengers will applaud the TSA’s announcement,” Springfield Airport Authority’s Executive Director Mark Hanna said. “Given the popularity of TSA PreCheck, the airport has opened an in-person TSA PreCheck enrollment center in the main terminal at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport for those who have completed the online pre-enrollment process to complete the application.”
Interested travelers can begin the application process online to enroll in TSA PreCheck and schedule an appointment by visiting the Universal Enroll website.
Applicants are required to make an in-person visit to an enrollment center to verify citizenship or immigration status, as well as to provide fingerprints. There is a nonrefundable application processing fee of $85. Trusted Traveler status is good for five years.
At SPI, the Enrollment Center is located inside Door C at the Passenger Service Center in the main part of the terminal (1200 Capital Airport Drive, Springfield, IL 62707-8489). The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12-2 p.m.
Applicants must bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status. Visit the Universal Enroll website for a list of required documents.
After completing enrollment, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN). 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 on a participating airline website, by phone with an airline reservation center, or with a 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 PreCheck, visit the TSA PreCheck page or the TSA PreCheck Frequently Asked Questions page. For more information on the Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler programs including Global Entry and NEXUS, visit the DHS Trusted Traveler page.