Security checks, part of our lives even before 9/11/2001, is now considered an expected precursor to entering almost public location. And if there are no checkpoints, you can believe there are cameras, personnel and other aspects to ensure our safety when we are not at home.
Getting through airport security is especially frustrating because of all of the steps involved: have your boarding pass and ID in hand and at the same time take off your shoes, laptop, all items in your pockets, no more than 3 ounces of liquids, creams or oils in bottles that fit into a 1 quart bag while perhaps juggling kids in tow. Whew!
TSA-Prechecked means you can keep your shoes and a light jacket on, your electronics and your clear bag of liquids in your bag and walk through...all for a fee of course.
Sometimes, after you’re checked in, you’re randomly selected to be pre-checked but that may not last forever. The best way to be pre-checked for USA domestic flights is to pay the current fee of $85 for five years. If you fly often, this may be worth it. If you fly only 2-3 times a year, you may want to think about it, especially if you fly as a group or family. For some people, they don’t want to wait at all, ever, so it’s worth it, especially if you fly at peak, high traffic times.
1. Pre-register online: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck or
2. Make an appointment at a center: https://www.tsa.gov/precheck/map
3. Bring the necessary documents.
4. Be ready to scan your fingerprint.
5. Pay the fee, currently $85 for five years.
6. After a background check based on your application, you will receive an email and/or a letter with your Known Traveler Number (KTN). Unfortunately, you don’t get any type of card, so hold onto that email/letter. You can also look up your number.
There are new places to go outside of airports now, to make the process easier. These are sponsored by IDEMIA at their IdentoGO centers, which may includes some Staples stores. Check on the Identogo webssite. Also, some corporations are providing the service to apply through them.
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