TSA Ends Free PreCheck at Nation’s Airports

By Paul Riegler on 17 September 2015
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TSA checkpoint at JFK’s Terminal 7 last month

The Transportation Security Administration quietly ended its Managed Inclusion Program on Monday.

The program allowed travelers who were not enrolled in a trusted traveler program but were nevertheless deemed to be low risk to use the PreCheck security lane at airports across the country.

In April, the TSA said in a statement that 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.

Most travelers received PreCheck from either directly applying to the program and paying an $85 fee, or by virtue of being a member of a trusted traveler program such as Global Entry.

PreCheck allows passengers to go through the security checkpoint without removing shoes, belts, or light jackets, and such passengers can leave laptops and liquids in their luggage.

Over one million flyers have directly enrolled in the TSA PreCheck application program, and 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.

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