If you’ve ever flown on a plane, you’ve heard and seen the name TSA PreCheck more times than you can count, but you may still be wondering what the program is, or what the benefits in enrolling are. TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program developed to improve the travel experience and reduce airport security wait times.
Those who enroll don’t need to remove their belts, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops or shoes, making it perfect for business travelers. As if that’s not enough reason, travelers can reduce airport security wait times by over 80 percent, making them an average of five minutes or less. With over 2.2 million fliers daily at the nation’s 450 airports, it’s no coincidence that TSA PreCheck is gaining popularity.
Microsoft recently enrolled nearly 800 employees in TSA PreCheck at a local event in Seattle. The company’s global travel and venue group lead Eric Bailey weighs in as it being “such a simple decision with a quick ROI and so many benefits for us, airports, airlines, security and for everybody involved.” Bailey suggests TSA PreCheck expedites the security process and improves the travel experience for Microsoft employees and non-PreCheck travelers alike.
GBTA is excited to share that TSA PreCheck enrollment is being offered at popup centers in major cities across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston and more. Once you enroll, you will be able to take advantage of the benefits for the next five years. For a full list of popup cities and to apply online, go here.
To finalize the application in person, you will need to bring documentation proving identity and citizenship status. A complete list of required documents can be found here. Even if you only take four trips a year, you’d be spending a small fee of $2.13 each time you go through security to cruise through a shorter line, keep your shoes and not have to remove your laptop.
GBTA has long supported risk-based programs such as PreCheck to increase security and efficiency at our nation’s airports and believes continued expanded enrollment in such programs will be key to a long-term solution to lengthy airport security lines.