TSA enrols five million passengers to PreCheck programme
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has enrolled five million passengers to its PreCheck programme.
Having begun its first application centre in December 2013, TSA PreCheck has currently more than 390 application centres across the country, including locations at 44 airports.
TSA acting administrator Huban Gowadia said: “By growing the trusted traveller population, we help our officers focus on potential threats, which strengthen the security screening process and ultimately provide better security for all travellers.
“We will continue our efforts to further expand the TSA PreCheck programme, with the ultimate goal of providing the most effective security in the most efficient way.”
The initiative is currently available at more than 180 airports across the US and provides the passengers with an expedited screening process.
The programme allows low-risk passengers to have a convenient and quick screening experience at the participating airports.
Customers using the TSA PreCheck security screening lane need not have to remove shoes, belts, light jackets, laptops or 3-1-1 liquids from their hand baggage.
US citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for the programme, and once approved they will receive a ‘known traveller number’.
The customers will have the opportunity to utilise TSA PreCheck lanes at select security checkpoints while travelling on any of the 37 participating airlines.
Passengers enrolled with Global Entry, NEXUS or SENTRI programmes offered by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can directly participate in the TSA programme without applying separately.
TSA PreCheck is also available for US armed forces service members, including the ones serving in the US Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard.