What’s the fastest way to run the airport security gauntlet and get home or off on vacation for the holidays? TSA Pre✓® of course!
By now you’ve likely heard of TSA Pre✓® — or seen the dedicated lanes at airport security where members speed through without removing shoes, belts or jackets. They also don’t have to remove laptops or liquids from their bags prior to screening. Eliminating those unwieldy steps from the screening process makes getting through airport security a breeze, which means less stress getting to your flight on time…and getting to your final destination.
At TravelSkills, we were some of the earliest adopters of TSA Pre✓® when it began accepting applications back in 2013 and have been evangelists ever since. So if you’ve not yet taken the leap, now’s the time to join the more than 1.5 million fellow travelers who have enrolled in the popular TSA Pre✓® program. Here’s how:
First off, you need to apply online. Or, you can complete the application process in person, which is a lot easier now that 350 new IdentoGO® Centers by MorphoTrust have opened.
The centers are located at many airports of course, but there are hundreds of off-airport locations to enroll as well. For example, you can now sign up for TSA Pre✓® at H&R Block locations in 27 states. Many of these locations have expanded their hours of operation, and some are even open on Saturdays.
Once you have applied, you’ll make an appointment at an IdentoGO Center, where agents verify your identification (a birth certificate or passport plus another government issued ID like a drivers license), obtain background information and scan your fingerprints and securely transmit your application package to TSA for review.
The agency completes the application vetting process and, once you are approved, it will send you your Known Traveler Number (KTN) via mail. While the whole process takes only a few weeks, you can now check the status of your application online.
The application fee is $85, and it’s good for five years– so just $17 per year. Ask any TSA Pre✓® member and they’ll tell you that it’s money well spent!
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