We have all experienced the dreadful TSA check line where you have to remove your shoes, belts, and laptops. Then you look on the other usually shorter line for people who are TSA Pre who are going through much quicker than you. I can now say that I am one of these TSA Pre people who can get through the TSA line quicker and easier. The perks include not having to remove shoes, laptops, bets, or their liquids (note that the 3-1-1 liquid rule still applies). There are 3 simple steps to follow to be TSA Pre Check!
- Complete an Application: You can fill out the application online or in person at the airport. I did mine online because it was convenient and it did not take long at all. Here is the link to the online application.
- Schedule an Interview Appointment: After completing the application you need to schedule an interview with TSA. They than verify your application, complete a background check, and ask you questions. Walk-Ins are available, but I would recommend to just schedule the appointment beforehand. You can schedule them online or by calling (855)-347-8371. These appointments take about 20 minutes or less.
- The Interview: Don’t worry it is not scary at all! All you do is provide the documents they have requested (usually a passport or birth certificate and drivers license), have your finger prints taken, pay the $85 dollar fee, and answer basic questions about yourself.
You will then receive a letter in the mail in about 2 weeks after your interview confirming your application. In the letter you will receive a “known traveler ID number.” Then you just always enter that number when you’re buying your tickets, and it’ll be printed on your boarding pass. I highly recommend this for anyone who travels frequently because it is so worth it. It’s important to note that it’s currently available in 120 airports, with the following participating airlines: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, OneJet, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines, Virgin America, and WestJet. You must be departing from a United States destination to use TSA Pre check. You can find more detailed information on their official site.