A Million Travelers Now Enrolled in TSA PreCheck

TSA Agent

More than a million travelers are now enrolled in TSA PreCheck, its voluntary trusted traveler program, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported today. TSA attributes the milestone to the opening of more than 330 application centers nationwide where travelers who apply online can conclude their enrollment by providing fingerprints and identification.

"The continued growth and passenger participation in TSA PreCheck affirms our commitment to the evolution of our intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to aviation security," TSA Acting Administrator Melvin Carraway said in a statement. "This milestone is a testament to the outstanding collaborative work between TSA, airports, airlines, and, most importantly, the traveling public. With more than 330 application centers nationwide, it is easier than ever to apply for expedited screening."

TSA PreCheck allows eligible fliers who pass a background check in advance of flying to pass more quickly through security checkpoints by utilizing an expedited screening lane that does not require passengers to remove their shoes, belts, coats, laptops, or carry-on toiletries.

In order to enroll in PreCheck, travelers previously had to be members of an airline's frequent flier program, or of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trusted traveler program, such as Global Entry, SENTRI or NEXUS. Since 2013, however, U.S. citizens have been able to enroll in PreCheck directly by applying online, then visiting an enrollment site. The enrollment fee is $85 for a five-year membership. Once approved, travelers receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) and the opportunity to go through TSA PreCheck lanes at security checkpoints at participating airports.

Combined, TSA PreCheck, Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI have more than 4.6 million trusted travelers.

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