The Transportation Security Administration announced today that its Pre✓® program has passed the 5 million member mark.
The program began in December 2013 when it opened its first application center, and it now has over 390 application centers around the nation, 44 of which are at airports. The program is now available at 180 airports around the country.
TSA’s Pre✓® program is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a more convenient and efficient screening experience. Travelers using the TSA Pre✓® lane do not need to remove shoes, belts, light jackets, laptops or 3-1-1 liquids from their carry-on bags.
Enrollment costs $85 for five years or $17 per year. The enrollment process requires a 10-minute, in-person interview which involves a background check and fingerprinting. Once accepted into the program, travelers will receive a “known traveler number” and will have the opportunity to utilize TSA Pre✓® lanes at select security checkpoints when flying on any of the 37 participating airlines.
TSA provides a list of FAQ’s about the program on its website.