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Temporary TSA Pre✓® application center to open for one week at McAllen International Airport

Local Press Release
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

McALLEN, Tex. – A temporary TSA Pre✓® application center will be open at McAllen International Airport (MFE) from Tuesday, October 31 – Thursday, November 2.

The application center, located at the airport rental car desk, will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day. Applicants are NOT required to have an airline ticket to access the rental car desk, which is in the public area of the airport.  

Travelers who are enrolled in TSA Pre✓® or another trusted traveler program such as Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) 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 transiting the checkpoint. To find the program that best suits your travel needs, use the DHS trusted traveler comparison tool.

“We’re pleased to offer this enrollment opportunity to those who live in or around McAllen,” said TSA Federal Security Director Jess Presas. “Travelers can make an appointment online at the McAllen Airport to apply for this popular expedited program at tsa.gov, and then must complete their enrollment in-person at the application center.”

The application fee is $85, which covers a five-year membership. The fee must be paid at the application center by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Enrollees will need to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship or legal residency status. Fingerprints are collected to complete a background check.

Successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN), which they can access online in about a week. Passengers should enter the KTN when booking airline reservations online via a participating airline website, via phone call to the airline reservation center, or with the travel management company making reservations.

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