Pass The Masses: 5 Tips On How To Use TSA PreCheck And Save Time

Airport transportation can be stressful. Preparing yourself for the security check through the airport is probably one of the most harrowing parts of traveling, especially when traveling with multiple people. Taking off the shoes, jackets, and tussling a laptop out of an overstuffed bag while the rest of the line waits behind you is stressful, to say the least.

But now you can say goodbye to the awkwardness and extra wait time. Since 2011 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) launched the TSA PreCheck program to expedite airport security.

Read on to find out how to use TSA PreCheck to take advantage of its many perks!

How to Use TSA PreCheck

1. Enter the security line marked for TSA PreCheck passengers.

Afterward, you will be asked to show your boarding pass that shows you’re approved for TSA PreCheck.

2. Keep your jacket, belt, and shoes on.

Since you’re TSA PreCheck approved, you’re not required to take off most of the articles of clothing that other passengers are, which is a real time saver. However, if any clothing items have large metal pieces on them, you’ll probably be required to take them off.

3. Don’t remove items from your luggage.

You aren’t required to remove any items from your luggage, even your laptops – all you need to do is send your luggage through the X-ray machine as is.

4. Cooperate with any additional requirements.

Even though you’re TSA PreCheck approved, you may be required to undergo additional screening depending on if it’s deemed necessary by employees, such as additional X-ray screening, body scans or physical pat-downs.

Applying for the TSA PreCheck

First, this is only offered to U.S. citizens and permanent residents – you must be able to prove your citizenship or residency during the application process.

Simply navigate to the TSA’s PreCheck application webpage and fill out the required fields. Ensure the name on your application matches the name on your passport exactly.

You’ll also be asked to pay a non-refundable – even if you’re denied – $85 fee, which is to be paid every 5 years for renewal.

Once you’ve been approved through the online application, schedule an in-person interview at an enrollment center, where you’ll be interviewed, have a background check performed on you and your fingerprints taken. This is all a straightforward process.

Once you pass the in-person interview you’ve been officially approved for TSA PreCheck! You’ll be given a Known Traveler Number that is your identifying number and is to be used on your frequent flier accounts. The number will automatically be added to each ticket that you buy. Without this number, you won’t be able to use the TSA PreCheck benefits at the airport.

Wrapping it All Up

If you’re a frequent flier or you’re about to fly with a large group, the benefits of TSA PreCheck are a no-brainer and this article should tell you all about how to use TSA PreCheck without a hitch.

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