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Avoiding Long Airport Security Lines

HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer

Tuesday, June 07, 2016



Avoiding Long Airport Security Lines

One curse of modern airline travel is the security process: the long lines; removal of laptops and fluids from bags and removal of shoes, belts, jackets, etc. from your person and total body scanning all make the experience a test of patience and endurance.

Many of the time-consuming, intrusive elements of security can be bypassed by obtaining a “Known Traveler Number” (KTN) from TSAPreCheck and the process is easier than you might think. An example of the TSAPreCheck security speed-up can be viewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lajGKk-9qKs

First, complete the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) online pre-enrollment form here: https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/workflows?servicecode=11115V&service=pre-enroll

Second, make an appointment for your interview and in-person enrollment here:
https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/workflows?servicecode=11115V&service=appointment

Third, at the interview, give:
- Valid photo ID, such as your driver’s license or passport;
- Proof of citizenship/immigration, such as your passport or birth certificate;
- $85 non-refundable fee; and
- Your fingerprints.

Fourth, after receipt of your Known Traveler number from TSA, enter that number whenever you make a flight reservation, which will ultimately give you a TSAPreCheck boarding pass.

Depending on the features of a particular airport, that TSAPreCheck boarding pass will allow you to bypass longer lines, keep your laptops and fluids in your bags, keep your shoes, belts, jackets, etc. on your person and/or walk through a metal detector rather than the total-body scanner.

There are a few provisos:
- You might not need a KTN if you are:
- a member of a DHS Trusted Traveler Program such as CBP Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI;
- a member of the U.S. military
- a civilian employee of the Department of Defense or U.S. Coast Guard
- You can obtain the answers to that and other questions here: https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/workflows?workflow=contact-us
- Not all domestic airlines honor TSAPreCheck; a list of the airlines honoring KTN can be accessed here: https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck
- Not all domestic airports honor TSAPreCheck; a list of the airports honoring KTN can be accessed here: https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/map
- Some individuals are not eligible for KTN; the disqualifying factors can be accessed here: https://www.tsa.gov/Disqualifying-Offenses-Factors

DO’S AND DON’TS

DO check whether you need a KTN by contacting TSA here: https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/workflows?workflow=contact-us

DO complete the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) online pre-enrollment form here: https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/workflows?servicecode=11115V&service=pre-enroll

DO make an appointment for your interview and in-person enrollment here:
https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/workflows?servicecode=11115V&service=appointment

DO give the following at the interview:
- Valid photo ID, such as your driver’s license or passport;
- Proof of citizenship/immigration, such as your passport or birth certificate;
- $85 non-refundable fee; and
- Your fingerprints.

DO enter your KTN whenever you make a flight reservation, which will ultimately give you a TSAPreCheck boarding pass.

DO check whether your airline honors the KTN: https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck

DO check whether your airport(s) honor the KTN: https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/map

DON’T apply for the KTN if you have one of the disqualifying factors here: https://www.tsa.gov/Disqualifying-Offenses-Factors

By Kathy Catanzarite


Source: Kathy Catanzarite - Handelonthelaw.com Writer

Note from HandelontheLaw.com: This article is to be used as an educational guide only and should not be interpreted as a legal consultation. Readers of this article are advised to seek an attorney if a legal consultation is needed. Laws may vary by state and are subject to change, thus the accuracy of this information can not be guaranteed. Readers act on this information solely at their own risk. Neither the author, handelonthelaw.com, or any of its affiliates shall have any liability stemming from this article.





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