NEW YORK – Residents of the New York City/Northern New Jersey region who plan to fly this summer and are interested in simplifying their trip through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, can still apply for the popular TSA Pre✓® program at any of several enrollment centers in the region.
This is predicted to be one of the busiest air travel summers the airline industry has seen in a very long time and with more people flying, lines are expected to grow at TSA checkpoints. Travelers who are enrolled in TSA Pre✓® or one of the other “trusted traveler” programs such as Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS are permitted to keep on their shoes, belts and light outerwear jacket and can leave their laptops and liquid 3-1-1 bags inside their carry-on bags when they go through the checkpoint.
The TSA Pre✓® lanes at LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport are available during peak throughput periods in terminals that have a TSA Pre✓® lane. The remainder of the day, TSA Pre✓® enrollees may receive the benefit of expedited screening; being permitted to leave on their shoes, belts, and light outer jackets through the checkpoint.
Travelers can make an appointment online at tsa.gov and complete their enrollment in-person or as a walk-in at the TSA Pre✓® application centers. There are about a dozen application centers in the region. In New York there are the application centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, White Plains, Hicksville, and Kings Park, and in New Jersey there are application centers in Newark, Cranford and Edison. Additionally, there are application centers inside a terminal at LaGuardia and JFK Airports. For a list of application center addresses and hours, visit Universal Enroll.
This application process allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to apply directly to 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. About 160 airports are participating in TSA Pre✓® nationwide and 12 airlines participate in the program including Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, WestJet, Virgin America and Air Canada.
The application fee is $85 and 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. Fingerprints are required during the in-person application session and applicants are also required to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status.
After completing the application process, successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail within a few 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.