Still time to enroll before summer travel season
PHILADELPHIA – Residents of the Philadelphia area will be able to enroll in the Transportation Security Administration’s popular TSA Pre✓® application program inside Philadelphia International Airport from March 23 to 27, where officials will host a temporary “pop-up” enrollment center in Terminal B.
Appointments are currently being taken for this enrollment opportunity and applicants who enroll in the program are typically notified of their acceptance within a week or two of their application date. This enrollment opportunity is taking place in time for individuals to apply and be notified of their acceptance before the end of the traditional spring break travel period and definitely in time for summer vacations.
The airport is a convenient location to enroll in the popular program. The temporary enrollment center will be held in the Terminal B, American Airlines baggage claim area near carousel A.
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 over 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, which will be open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. from Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27.
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 type in the location “Philadelphia, PA” or “PHL” and click on the search button to select the enrollment site for “Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)” 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 week or two 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.