Flying Smart: Get TSA PreCheck

Should You Get TSA Pre-Check?

This one is easy: Yes, you should get TSA PreCheck. There is absolutely no doubt about it.

Here’s how TSA describes the benefits: “Enjoy a smoother security screening process with no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets.”

But it’s not the shoes and laptops and liquids that make TSA PreCheck so valuable, it’s the shorter lines, and the faster screening process. The TSA website claims that “About 99% of TSA PreCheck® passengers wait less than 10 minutes.”

While waiting less than ten minutes sounds good, here’s what sounds even better: without TSA PreCheck you’re looking at an average wait time of between 10 minutes and 30 minutes, depending on the airport and the time of day.

How Do You Get TSA PreCheck?

It’s easy—here are the instructions from the TSA website:

1. Apply Online

Select an enrollment provider with enrollment locations near you. Submit your TSA PreCheck application online in as little as 5 minutes.

2. Visit an Enrollment Location

Complete enrollment in 10 minutes at your chosen provider which includes fingerprinting, document and photo capture, and payment.

3. Get Your TSA PreCheck Number

Once approved, get your Known Traveler Number (KTN), add it to your airline reservations and start saving time in screening.

How Much Does TSA PreCheck Cost?

Typically, $85.

Conclusion: Fly Smart

The next time you’re stuck in a long line at an airport security checkpoint, promise yourself that you will apply for TSA PreCheck as soon as you get to the gate for your flight. If you do, the next time you travel, you’ll be flying smart as you breeze through security!

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    Tom Costley

    When Tom Costley founded Overland in 1984, he sought to create experiences for young people that were fun, where new friendships could grow, where natural beauty was embraced, where there were real and varied challenges, and where Overland’s students would achieve something of importance to them. Overland’s focus on small groups, carefully crafted trips, and superlative leadership has made it a leader in the summer camp world. Overland’s commitment to excellence in everything it does has led to its success: over the past four decades, Overland has served 40,000 students and 5,000 trip leaders. Tom writes about the outdoors and travel from Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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