The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) runs a program called Precheck. It is very pleasant for travelers. Their security check is like it was before 9/11. There is no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. And the lines are short.
Known Traveler Number
Americans can buy Precheck membership for $85 for 5 years after they have been screened and have had a background interview. Once approved, they will receive a “Known Traveler Number” that they can include in their airline reservations.
After 5 years you can renew your membership up to 6 months before the membership expiration date. For most members, renewal is considerably easier than the first enrollment. Renewal may be completed online.
Although non-Americans cannot join Precheck, they can participate in other programs that offer them the same benefits as Precheck. See for more details a previous article: How to expedite your entry into the USA.
56 participating airlines
Norwegian Air and Icelandair just started participating in Precheck, while Via Airlines will begin participating on November 1, 2018. As a result, 56 domestic and international carriers will be participating in the program.
Precheck should be available at more than 200 US airports when departing from a US airport to a foreign country, and for domestic, connecting flights after returning to the US. In practice, however, it is not always available.
Recently, one of our writers traveled from Newark to a foreign country. Although the Pre✓ indicator was on his boarding pass, there was no Precheck present at the airport.
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