CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Transportation Security Administration has launched TSA Pre✓® operations at Yeager Airport (CRW). TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that allows select flyers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in their carry-on bag.
Yeager Airport becomes one of approximately 150 airports in the country where passengers can experience expedited screening. The airlines serving Yeager Airport that participate in the program include American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and U.S. Airways.
TSA Pre✓® is part of the agency’s efforts to focus its resources and improve the passenger experience at security checkpoints by applying intelligence-driven, risk-based screening procedures and enhancing its use of technology. Through a variety of risk-based initiatives such as TSA Pre✓®, TSA provides effective security while gaining efficiencies and improving the travel experience for millions of air travelers each week.
“TSA Pre✓® is enabling us to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to transportation security and is another example of our commitment to provide both world class security and world class customer service to the public we serve,” said TSA’s West Virginia Federal Security Director Karen Keys-Turner. “Having TSA ✓® here in Charleston also serves as a great convenience for our passengers.”
The TSA Pre✓® application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to go through a pre-enrollment process online at tsa.gov and visit an application center to provide biographic information (e.g. a government issued ID showing current address), be fingerprinted, and provide a U.S. passport, a U.S. birth certificate or valid immigration documentation, as well as pay an application fee of $85 for a five-year membership.
The TSA Pre✓® application centers closest to Yeager Airport include one in South Charleston and another in Huntington. Other TSA Pre✓® application center locations in West Virginia include one in Parkersburg and another in Morgantown.
Once approved, passengers will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓® lanes at security checkpoints at approximately 150 participating airports on 11 major airlines: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.
Members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection trusted traveler program (Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI) already pre-qualify for TSA Pre✓®, and will utilize their PASSID as their known traveler number.
Passengers are encouraged to save their known traveler number in each of their airline frequent flyer profiles. Additionally, those who purchase their tickets via a third-party website or travel agency should enter their known traveler number each time they make a reservation.
If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening through the TSA Pre✓® pre-screening process, information is imbedded in the barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass. TSA reads the barcode at the checkpoint and the passenger is referred to the TSA Pre✓® lane where they will undergo expedited screening, which includes being able to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt and to keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on.
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.