TSA to Cut Back on PreCheck Access for Non-Enrolled Flyers
The Transportation Security Administration, the government agency that manages the nation’s security checkpoints at airports, announced it is changing how it determines how some passengers receive expedited screening via the PreCheck trusted traveler program.
Frequent travelers who have been receiving PreCheck access by virtue of their elite status at an airline will most likely see a decline in the number of times they get PreCheck, according to a statement issued by the TSA late last week.
Last week the TSA announced that over one million flyers have directly enrolled in the TSA PreCheck application program, and that over 3.6 million are eligible for PreCheck by virtue of their membership in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection trusted traveler program such as Global Entry or Nexus.
As the numbers of travelers eligible through these programs continues to grow, the TSA is reducing how often other travelers will get access to a PreCheck lane at an airport.
Flyers can enroll directly in PreCheck for $85 or in Global Entry for $100. The membership is valid for five years and will greatly increase the chances of receiving PreCheck screening when traveling. Members of these programs need to enter their known traveler number, or KTN, directly into their profile for each airline, however, in order to receive PreCheck.
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