If you did, consider yourself lucky. As of last week, the TSA has stopped the “free” version of the TSA Pre-Check program in all airports nationwide.
So what did this TSA Pre-Check get you?
If you were one of the randomly selected “low risk” passengers, you could have used the expedited security lanes at the airports. You didn’t need to take off your shoes, or belts and you didn’t need to take out your laptop or 3-1-1 liquids in their quart sized zip lock bags. It was available at over 150 airports nationwide and most of the major carriers participated in this program.
Apparently, the TSA said it would start phasing out the program in June over security concerns. This stems from a March 2015 report stating that a convicted felon was allowed to use the TSA Pre Check lanes.
If you were accustomed to using the PreCheck line and want to continue, you will have to officially enroll in the program, pay the $85 application fee, and complete an in-person interview at one of the 330 application centers around the country. Once approved, PreCheck status is valid for five years. There are some exclusions to applying:
If you belong to one of the trusted traveler groups listed below, you do not need to apply to the program.
- Members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS programs. To learn more, visit dhs.gov/tt.
- U.S. active duty military, National Guard and reserve members.
- DoD civilian employees and certain other federal government employees, such as those with certain security clearances.
To Apply for the TSA Pre-Check, Click HERE
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