TSA Pre Precheck Program for frequent flyers

TSA is rolling out their “pre” program this fall at Dulles IAD and  Indianapolis  IND Airports.   The pre check allows frequent flyers to board somewhat more easily than “regular” flyers.    However the enrollment fee of $85 and fingerprinting hassles mean that for most flyers this may not be worth the trouble and cost.    Obviously frequent travelers may find this worthwhile however, and the $85 is over 5 years and therefore represents a very small annualized cost.

It’ll be hard to tell the time savings until details are finalized because the number of dedicated screening lines for “pre” passengers may determine how much time this process will save.   Time is money, so the $85  fee will be well worth it to frequent business travelers if they can save many hours in waiting over the course of their enrollment.

Here’s more about the “Pre” Precheck program from the TSA Website:

TSA Pre✓™ allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs who are flying on participating airlines, to receive expedited screening benefits. Eligible participants use dedicated screening lanes for screening benefits which include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags.

TSA Pre✓™ Application Process

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is announcing plans to implement a TSA Pre✓™ application process. The TSA Pre✓™ fee-based application process will allow U.S. citizens the opportunity to apply for expedited screening without a passport.

When available, the application will be a two-step process:

  1. Fill out an online application.

  2. Verify identity and provide fingerprints at a TSA Pre✓™ enrollment center.

Applicants may pay the anticipated $85 enrollment fee online, or at an enrollment center. There is a five-year term of eligibility, after which members will need to re-apply. TSA expects the vetting process to take approximately 2-3 weeks. A U.S. passport is not required to enroll. The first two enrollment locations, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Indianapolis International Airport (IND), will open in fall 2013 with plans to expand to additional enrollment sites nationwide.


Rick Steves on Rethinking the Massive Cost of Airport Security

the moral of the TSA story is that our safety is coming at a cost that may not be sustainable

Great post today on Facebook by Rick Steves about how we need to do a rational job of assigning costs and benefits to our Airport Security apparatus.   Although I agree with him I think a lot of the blame is with … those of us who continue to irrationally fear terrorism more than the *hundreds* of other greater risks around us, many of which we could mitigate very cheaply.   For example a smoker is creating fairly substantial death risk for themselves, and could live longer simply by spending *less* on smoking.   In other areas like auto accidents (which kill hundreds of times the number of people killed in terror incidents), we could simply make sure more people buckle up and fewer drive drunk.   The cost of these measures is trivial but the lives saved would be vastly more than we save with our TSA security measures.

Of course a challenge Rick is not addressing is that the irrationality many of us apply to this topic means that if we DO have terror incidents it will discourage many from flying at all.   This irrational result means that it might actually be good policy to provide more anti-terror measures than you would apply in a more rational world, because people’s fear might wind up creating large scale problems with the global transportation system.   Thus we might need to spend billions more than is rational in order to prevent losing tens of billions from irrational economic decisions.

Still, the moral of the TSA story is that our safety is coming at a cost that may not be sustainable.   Therefore we should start educating the public to be more rational in how they assign risk and reward, and start working towards sustainable safety spending rather than excessive and irrational political spending programs.

Rick Steves on Facebook:
I’ve been through a lot of airports lately, and I have to say, when people joke about TSA meaning “thousands standing around,” it has a ring of truth. In November, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that we spend about $8 billion a year on scanning machines, all that time-consuming checking, and employing those people who stand between us and our departure gate. And that cost doesn’t even consider the valuable time wasted by travelers who need to allot extra time to cover surprise delays at airport security.

 Sure, we need to spend some money and time on security. But does anyone in government have the nerve to raise their hand and ask, “Could we lighten up here a bit?” or even “Aren’t we going a bit overboard there?” Bloomberg Businessweek reports that entire years go by (such as 2011) when TSA doesn’t spot a single terrorist trying to board an airplane. And then there’s s this staggering statistic: “In fact, extremist Islamic terrorism resulted in just 200 to 400 annual deaths worldwide, outside the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq — the same number…that occur in bathtubs in the US each year.”


Following 9/11, there was, understandably, a push to strengthen our airport security measures. But these efforts may be costing us even more lives. According to Cornell University researchers cited in Bloomberg Businessweek, after 9/11, frightened travelers switching from flights to drives resulted in over 200 more traffic fatalities every month. In the long term, due to security hassles, about 5 percent fewer people fly than used to, resulting in even more road fatalities. In other words, far more people have died on the road as an indirect result of 9/11 than actually died on 9/11.


Maybe it’s time to come to grips with the risk of terrorism and finally put it in a rational perspective. Many will say, “If TSA and all the security saves just one life, it will be worth it.” The way I see it, wasting money wastes lives. Intimidating people into driving instead of flying wastes lives. A nation can reach a point where its passion for showboat security designed to make people feel safe actually kills them. Security is good, but a cost-benefit awareness is simply smart. What do you think?

China Airports | List of Chinese Airports | Airports of China

Here, from Wikipedia, is the most comprehensive list of Chinese Airports we could find wiht links to the Wikipedia Airport pages for more information.   We’ll eventually have these airports covered here at QuickAid.com Airport Directory but in the meantime here’s  more, along with the Chinese Airport ICAO and IATA codes.  ICAO is a business code used by industry applications where IATA is the consumer code – ie the one you’d use when  reserving a flight for your summer trip.

Main city served ICAO IATA Airport name
Anqing ZSAQ AQG Anqing Tianzhushan Airport
Chizhou Chizhou Jiuhuashan Airport(under construction)
Fuyang ZSFY FUG Fuyang Xiguan Airport
Hefei ZSOF HFE Hefei Luogang International Airport
Hefei Hefei Xinqiao International Airport (under construction)
Huangshan ZSTX TXN Huangshan Tunxi International Airport
Beijing ZBAA PEK Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing ZBNY NAY Beijing Nanyuan Airport
Beijing Beijing Daxing International Airport (planned for construction)
Chongqing ZUCK CKG Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Qianjiang JIQ Qianjiang Wulingshan Airport
Wanzhou ZUWX WXN Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport
Wushan Wushan Shennüfeng Airport(scheduled for construction)
Fuzhou ZSFZ FOC Fuzhou Changle International Airport
LianchengLongyan ZSLD LCX Longyan Guanzhishan Airport
Quanzhou ZSQZ JJN Quanzhou Jinjiang Airport
Sanming Sanming Shaxian Airport(under construction)
WuyishanNanping ZSWY WUS Wuyishan Airport
Xiamen ZSAM XMN Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Dunhuang ZLDH DNH Dunhuang Airport
Jiayuguan/Jiuquan ZLJQ JGN Jiayuguan Airport
Jinchang ZLJC JIC Jinchang Jinchuan Airport
Lanzhou ZLLL ZGC Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport
Qingyang ZLQY IQN Qingyang Airport
Tianshui ZLTS THQ Tianshui Maijishan Airport
Xiahe/HezuoGannan Gannan Xiahe Airport (under construction)
Zhangye YZY Zhangye Ganzhou Airport
Foshan ZGFS FUO Foshan Shadi Airport
Guangzhou ZGGG CAN Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Huizhou ZGHZ HUZ Huizhou Airport (under construction)
Meizhou ZGMX MXZ Meixian Airport
Shantou/Jieyang/Chaozhou ZGOW SWA Jieyang Chaoshan Airport
Shaoguan HSC Shaoguan Guitou Airport(scheduled for construction)
Shenzhen ZGSZ SZX Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
Zhanjiang ZGZJ ZHA Zhanjiang Airport
Zhuhai ZGSD ZUH Zhuhai Sanzao Airport
Baise ZGBS AEB Baise Youjiang Airport
Beihai ZGBH BHY Beihai Fucheng Airport
Guilin ZGKL KWL Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Hechi Hechi Airport (under construction)
Liuzhou ZGZH LZH Liuzhou Bailian Airport
Nanning ZGNN NNG Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Wuzhou ZGWZ WUZ Wuzhou Changzhoudao Airport
Anshun ZUAS AVA Anshun Huangguoshu Airport
Bijie Bijie Airport (under construction)
Guiyang ZUGY KWE Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport
KailiQiandongnan Kaili Huangping Airport (under construction)
LiboQiannan ZULB LLB Libo Airport
LipingQiandongnan ZUNP HZH Liping Airport
Renhuai Renhuai Maotai Airport (under construction)
Tongren ZUTR TEN Tongren Fenghuang Airport
XingyiQianxinan ZUYI ACX Xingyi Airport
Zunyi ZUZY ZYI Zunyi Xinzhou Airport (under construction)
Haikou ZJHK HAK Haikou Meilan International Airport
Sanya ZJSY SYX Sanya Phoenix International Airport
Chengde Chengde Airport (under construction)
Handan ZBHD HDG Handan Airport
Qinhuangdao ZBSH SHP Qinhuangdao Shanhaiguan Airport
Qinhuangdao Qinhuangdao Beidaihe Airport (under construction)
Shijiazhuang ZBSJ SJW Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Tangshan TVS Tangshan Sannühe Airport
Xingtai ZBXT XNT Xingtai Dalian Airport (under construction)
Zhangjiakou Zhangjiakou Airport (under construction)
Daqing ZYDQ DQA Daqing Sartu Airport
Fuyuan Fuyuan Airport (under construction)
Harbin ZYHB HRB Harbin Taiping International Airport
Heihe ZYHE HEK Heihe Airport
Jiagedaqi JGD Jiagedaqi Airport
Jiamusi ZYJM JMU Jiamusi Dongjiao Airport
Jixi ZYJX JXA Jixi Xingkaihu Airport
Mohe ZYMH OHE Mohe Gulian Airport
Mudanjiang ZYMD MDG Mudanjiang Hailang Airport
Qiqihar ZYQQ NDG Qiqihar Sanjiazi Airport
Yichun ZYLD LDS Yichun Lindu Airport
Luoyang ZHLY LYA Luoyang Beijiao Airport
Nanyang ZHNY NNY Nanyang Jiangying Airport
Shangqiu Shangqiu Airport (scheduled for construction)
Xinyang Xinyang Minggang Airport(scheduled for construction)
Zhengzhou ZHCC CGO Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
Hong Kong VHHH HKG Hong Kong International Airport
Enshi ZHES ENH Enshi Xujiaping Airport
Shennongjia Shennongjia Airport (under construction)
Shiyan Shiyan Wudangshan Airport(scheduled for construction)
Wuhan ZHHH WUH Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Xiangyang ZHXF XFN Xiangyang Liuji Airport
Yichang ZHYC YIH Yichang Sanxia Airport
Changde ZGCD CGD Changde Taohuayuan Airport
Changsha ZGHA CSX Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Hengyang Hengyang Nanyue Airport(under construction)
Huaihua ZGCJ HJJ Zhijiang Airport
Yongzhou LLF Yongzhou Lingling Airport
Zhangjiajie ZGDY DYG Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport
ArxanHinggan YIE Arxan Airport
Baotou ZBOW BAV Baotou Erliban Airport
Bayannur RLK Bayannur Airport
Chifeng ZBCF CIF Chifeng Yulong Airport
ErenhotXilingol ZBER ERL Erenhot Saiwusu International Airport
HailarHulunbuir ZBLA HLD Hailar Dongshan Airport
Hohhot ZBHH HET Hohhot Baita International Airport
Manzhouli ZBMZ NZH Manzhouli Xijiao Airport
Ordos ZBDS DSN Ordos Ejin Horo Airport
Tongliao ZBTL TGO Tongliao Airport
UlanhotHinggan ZBUL HLH Ulanhot Airport
Wuhai ZBUH WUA Wuhai Airport
XilinhotXilingol ZBXH XIL Xilinhot Airport
Changzhou ZSCG CZX Changzhou Benniu Airport
Huai’an ZSSH HIA Huai’an Lianshui Airport
Lianyungang ZSLG LYG Lianyungang Baitabu Airport
Nanjing ZSNJ NKG Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nantong ZSNT NTG Nantong Xingdong Airport
Wuxi/Suzhou ZSWX WUX Sunan Shuofang International Airport
Xuzhou ZSXZ XUZ Xuzhou Guanyin Airport
Yancheng ZSYN YNZ Yancheng Nanyang Airport
Yangzhou/Taizhou ZSYA YTY Yangzhou Taizhou Airport
Ganzhou ZSGZ KOW Ganzhou Huangjin Airport
Ji’an ZSGS JGS Jinggangshan Airport
Jingdezhen ZSJD JDZ Jingdezhen Luojia Airport
Jiujiang ZSJJ JIU Jiujiang Lushan Airport
Nanchang ZSCN KHN Nanchang Changbei International Airport
Shangrao Shangrao Sanqingshan Airport (scheduled for construction)
Yichun Yichun Mingyueshan Airport(under construction)
Baishan NBS Changbaishan Airport
Changchun ZYCC CGQ Changchun Longjia International Airport
Tonghua ZYTN TNH Tonghua Sanyuanpu Airport(under construction)
YanjiYanbian ZYYJ YNJ Yanji Chaoyangchuan Airport
Anshan ZYAS AOG Anshan Teng’ao Airport
Changhai ZYCH CNI Changhai Airport
Chaoyang ZYCY CHG Chaoyang Airport
Dalian ZYTL DLC Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Dandong ZYDD DDG Dandong Langtou Airport
Jinzhou ZYJZ JNZ Jinzhou Xiaolingzi Airport
Shenyang ZYTX SHE Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Macau VMMC MFM Macau International Airport
Guyuan ZLGY GYU Guyuan Liupanshan Airport
Yinchuan ZLIC INC Yinchuan Hedong Airport
Zhongwei ZLZW ZHY Zhongwei Xiangshan Airport
DelhiHaixi Delingha Airport (under construction)
GolmudHaixi ZLGM GOQ Golmud Airport
MangnaiHaixi Huatugou Airport (under construction)
Xining ZLXN XNN Xining Caojiabu Airport
Yushu ZLYS YUS Yushu Batang Airport
Ankang ZLAK AKA Ankang Wulipu Airport
Hanzhong ZLHZ HZG Hanzhong Xiguan Airport
Hanzhong Hanzhong Chenggu Airport(under construction)
Xi’an ZLXY XIY Xi’an Xianyang International Airport
Yan’an ZLYA ENY Yan’an Ershilipu Airport
Yulin ZLYL UYN Yulin Yuyang Airport
Dongying ZSDY DOY Dongying Shengli Airport
Jinan ZSJN TNA Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Jining/Qufu ZSJG JNG Jining Qufu Airport
Linyi ZSLY LYI Linyi Shubuling Airport
Qingdao ZSQD TAO Qingdao Liuting International Airport
Weifang ZSWF WEF Weifang Airport
Weihai ZSWH WEH Weihai Dashuibo Airport
Yantai ZSYT YNT Yantai Laishan International Airport
Yantai Yantai Chaoshui International Airport (under construction)
Shanghai ZSSS SHA Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai ZSPD PVG Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Changzhi ZBCZ CIH Changzhi Wangcun Airport
Datong ZBDT DAT Datong Beijiazao Airport
Linfen Linfen Qiaoli Airport (under construction)
Lüliang Lüliang Airport (under construction)
Taiyuan ZBYN TYN Taiyuan Wusu International Airport
Xinzhou Wutaishan Airport (under construction)
Yuncheng ZBYC YCU Yuncheng Guangong Airport
Chengdu ZUUU CTU Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Dazhou ZUDX DAX Dazhou Heshi Airport
DaochengGarzê Daocheng Yading Airport(scheduled for construction)
Guangyuan ZUGU GYS Guangyuan Panlong Airport
HongyuanNgawa Hongyuan Airport (under construction)
Jiuzhaigou/Songpan,Ngawa ZUJZ JZH Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport
KangdingGarzê ZUKD KGT Kangding Airport
Luzhou ZULZ LZO Luzhou Lantian Airport
Mianyang ZUMY MIG Mianyang Nanjiao Airport
Nanchong ZUNC NAO Nanchong Gaoping Airport
Panzhihua ZUZI FZI Panzhihua Bao’anying Airport
XichangLiangshan ZUXC XIC Xichang Qingshan Airport
Yibin ZUYB YBP Yibin Caiba Airport
Tianjin ZBTJ TSN Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Lhasa ZULS LXA Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Nagqu Nagqu Dagring Airport(scheduled for construction)
Nyingchi ZUNZ LZY Nyingchi Mainling Airport
Qamdo ZUBD BPX Qamdo Bangda Airport
Shigatse ZURK RKZ Shigatse Peace Airport
ShiquanheNgari ZUAL NGQ Ngari Gunsa Airport
Aksu ZWAK AKU Aksu Airport
Altay ZWAT AAT Altay Airport
Bole ZWBL BPL Bole Alashankou Airport
Burqin ZWKN KJI Kanas Airport
Fuyun ZWFY FYN Fuyun Airport (scheduled for rebuilding)
Hotan ZWTN HTN Hotan Airport
KorlaBayingolin ZWKL KRL Korla Airport
Kuqa ZWKC KCA Kuqa Qiuci Airport
KünesIli ZWNL NLT Nalati Airport
Karamay ZWKM KRY Karamay Airport
Kashgar ZWSH KHG Kashgar Airport
Kumul ZWHM HMI Hami Airport
QiemoBayingolin ZWCM IQM Qiemo Airport
Shihezi Shihezi Airport (under construction)
Tacheng ZWTC TCG Tacheng Airport
Turpan ZWTP TLQ Turpan Jiaohe Airport
Ürümqi ZWWW URC Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
YiningIli ZWYN YIN Yining Airport
Baoshan ZPBS BSD Baoshan Yunduan Airport
Dali ZPDL DLU Dali Airport
JinghongXishuangbanna ZPJH JHG Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport
Kunming ZPPP KMG Kunming Wujiaba International Airport
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport (under construction)
Lijiang ZPLJ LJG Lijiang Sanyi Airport
Lincang ZPLC LNJ Lincang Airport
Mang CityDehong ZPMS LUM Dehong Mangshi Airport
Ninglang Lugu Lake Airport (scheduled for construction)
Pu’er ZPSM SYM Pu’er Simao Airport
Shangri-LaDêqên ZPDQ DIG Dêqên Shangri-La Airport
Tengchong ZUTC TCZ Tengchong Tuofeng Airport
Wenshan ZPWS WNH Wenshan Puzhehei Airport
Zhaotong ZPZT ZAT Zhaotong Airport
Hangzhou ZSHC HGH Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Jiaxing Jiaxing Airport (under construction)
Ningbo ZSNB NGB Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Quzhou ZSJU JUZ Quzhou Airport
Taizhou ZSLQ HYN Taizhou Luqiao Airport
Wenzhou ZSWZ WNZ Wenzhou Yongqiang International Airport
YiwuJinhua ZSYW YIW Yiwu Airport
Zhoushan/Putuoshan ZSZS HSN Zhoushan Putuoshan Airport

TSA Transportation Security Administration Air Travel Review

Although there are more flight travel rules than you could ever fully understand, the basics are fairly simple and boil down to the following notes from the TSA:

TSA’s  Prohibited Items  NOT all-inclusive but helpful.

3-1-1 Rule – CONSOLIDATE your liquids and gels into a single see-through bag.    Liquids and gels must be in containers smaller than 3.4 ounces (100 mililiters), and you can only have ONE bag that is ONE quart sized.    Zip lock freezer bags are a good way to go as they are sturdy, cheap, and easy to replace if spills or tears ruin them during travel.

For Travelers   General travel tips from the TSA

ID Requirements … Especially important for International travelers who can in some (rare) circumstances be denied entry if they don’t have the right papers/visas/passports/ID.

Los Angeles Airport LAX: LAX Control Tower and LAX “Theme Building”

Flickr Photo Credit:
monkeytime | brachiator

The futuristic looking LAX “Theme Building”, one of the great icons of international aerospace industry, reopened in 2010 after its post 9/11 closure for many years.

Here the LA Times reviews the situation as of last year: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/03/local/la-me-lax-building-20100703

As a major international gateway airport LAX is one of the world’s busiest Airport venues.

More from the LAX Los Angeles Airport Authority Official Websites:

LAX Parking:   Click here

LAX Maps:  Click here

LAX Flight Info from OAG:  Click here

MSP Minneapolis St Paul Airport Quiet Seating Area (upstairs above the main terminal)

MSP Airport Quiet Area, Minneapolis
by QuickAid

Travel is becoming more and more hectic as security concerns and increasingly crowded planes put a cramp in anybody’s style. But you can almost always escape the frenzy – at least for a short time – by finding “out of the way” places to sit and relax in most airports. Here, at MSP in Minneapolis, travelers are enjoying very comfortable seats in a very quiet area of low foot traffic just above the bustle of the main terminal.

Finding such gems in big airports can be a chore, so it’s often best to ask at the information desk (or consult the Airport guide or map) to look for likely places to escape the crowds. Alternatively find a nice lounge or restaurant and a corner table where you can take a deep breath and focus on a book or computer screen. I find that surfing the internet makes the hours between flights go much faster, and being “captive” in an airport often inspires some productivity in terms of checking emails or blogging.

WiFi at Ho Chi Minh / Saigon Airport SGN

Kudos to SGN for providing at least some internet access to travelers.

SGN is a fairly small, easy to manage airport considering the size of Ho Chi Minh City, but offers most of the amenities of larger airport Venues.

Note:  As of this writing (Feb 12, 2011) domestic flights would not allow liquid containers over 100ml – the same as the normal standards – so pack as normal.

I’m in the domestic terminal at Ho Chi Minh / Saigon Airport in Vietnam (SGN) and getting a fairly good WiFi signal from near the business lounge with ID “Domestic Lounge” and no password required.    I’ve read that access here in domestic flights is spotty where it’s better in international terminal, especially near “Izzy” ? Coffee – can’t check on that terminal yet – but in a few weeks I’ll be in and out of there several times.

For Airport and Vietnam Flight details see the  Ho Chi Minh City Airport official website

For Vietnam Travel information check out Travel and History, the companion blog to Online Highways Travel.

Ho Chi Minh / Saigon Airport, Vietnam SGN. aka Tan Son Nhat International Airport

We’ll be reporting live from Ho Chi Minh City in February during the trip to Vietnam, when we’ll be arriving here at Vietnam’s largest Airport, the Ho Chi Minh International Airport which is technically named the ” Tan Son Nhat International Airport”.

Note that “Ho Chi Minh City” and “Saigon” are used somewhat interchangeably to describe Vietnam’s largest city and the nation’s economic center, second only in political influence to Hanoi, the capital city in the north of Vietnam.

wHo Chi Minh Airport, Saigon Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh Airport, Saigon VietnamHere

Here are links to the official Ho Chi Minh Airport pages with information about the airport, terminal maps, flight status, and more: