Imagine a world where you can skip long lines, keep your shoes and belt on and your liquids and laptop in your bag, and breeze right through the airport security. If this travel scenario sounds appealing, then it is probably time to consider enrolling in TSA PreCheck!
The TSA PreCheck program is a part of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) efforts to speed up the security screening process by moving away from a “one size fits all” approach to airport security. This expedited screening procedure allows enrolled travelers to move away from the long lines and experience faster, more efficient screening at participating U.S. airport checkpoints for domestic and international travel. The TSA PreCheck program launched at FWA in November 2014 and allows participating flyers to experience a more efficient airport screening process by leaving on their shoes, light jackets and belts and leaving laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on bags. Since its launch in 2011, the PreCheck program has expanded to include over 180 airports and 30 airlines – including all four airlines that fly in and out of FWA.
Enrolling in TSA PreCheck is easy: Travelers wishing to register must first go online to fill out an application and schedule an appointment time. The process is completed on-site by providing fingerprints for a background check. Proof of identity and citizenship status is required at the time of enrollment – a U.S. passport meets both requirements. The application fee for TSA PreCheck is $85 for five years of enrollment. After five years, you will need to re-enroll in the program.
Successful applicants will receive a Known Traveler Number (KTN) via U.S. mail in approximately two to three weeks that is valid for five years. The enrollee should enter the provided KTN in the ‘Known Traveler Number’ field when booking travel 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.
Ready to get the process started? Get the ball rolling by visiting tsa.gov/precheck to begin an online application. Once you finish the application, schedule an appointment for an in-person appointment that will include a background check and fingerprinting. A permanent TSA PreCheck enrollment center is open just minutes away from FWA at 4227 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon. Once your application is approved, you’ll be bypassing the security line in no time!