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Security checks, part of our lives in the USA even before 9/11/2001, is now almost a guarantee before entering almost public venue. 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, take out your laptop, no 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 can stay in your bag and you walk through...all for a fee of course.
The best way to be pre-checked for USA domestic flights is to pay the current fee for five years. If you fly often or if you don't like the long lines or inconvenience, this may be worth it.
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, valid 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. Check on the Identogo webssite. Also, some corporations are providing the service to apply through them.