The TSA Precheck program has just surpassed the 1 million member mark.
For those who don’t know about the TSA Precheck Program, it’s a convenience that lets you skirt the regular security process with its own express security line at the airport. In most cases, it lets you walk through metal detectors that otherwise would require a body scan.
Benefits of TSA Precheck Application
For frequent flyers who find the security lines and shoe removal process slowing them down, a TSA Precheck application may be the way to go. Once approved, the airport screening program lets members bypass the crowded security lines. It also lets you keep your shoes on, leave the little bottles of shampoo in your carry-on luggage, etc.
To take advantage of this program, there is an $85 application fee and you must submit to a background check.
What the $85 Buys You
The question is, is it worth $85. The answer depends you the traveler.
Frequent flyers most often find joining the TSA Precheck program well worth the money. However, before you sign on it is important to note that the program isn’t accepted by all airlines.
It is currently available at more than 130 airports nationwide for passengers traveling on:
- Air Canada
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- JetBlue Airways
- Southwest Airlines
- Sun Country Airlines
- United Airlines
- US Airways
- Virgin America
In some cases, the program is only available during peak times, so for specific information by state, visit the TSA website.
Application Fee Non-refundable
It is also important to note that those who are turned down by the TSA Precheck program do not get the $85 refunded. So keep that in mind that it’s not guaranteed membership when you apply.
If you are a TSA Precheck member, your children age 12 and under may go with you in the Precheck express lane. You’ll be able to keep your shoes and belt on and your laptop in its case.
It is a perk worth paying for if you travel often or just don’t want to deal with long security lines when on vacation.
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